Allegheny County Judge Grants Drink Tax Injunction
January 2, 2009, 8:55 pm
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We are happy to announce today that Allegheny Court of Common Pleas Judge Judith Olson heard our arguments and granted the injunction that will stop the County from expending Drink and Car Rental tax monies for anything but the Port Authority.  Click on the links below for more news coverage:

Judge: Drink Tax Revenue Must Go to Mass Transit, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Judge: Drink Tax Surplus is for Port Authority, KDKA-TV

Judge Grants Drink Tax Injunction Against Allegheny County, WTAE-TV


Mr. Onorato is shocked.


Lawsuit Filed Against Allegheny County
December 18, 2008, 10:00 pm
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Today, FACT and County Councilman Chuck McCullough filed a lawsuit to stop Executive Dan Onorato from using surplus drink and car rental tax revenues for road and bridge repairs.

Earlier this month, Mr. Onorato and county council passed the 2009 budget which noted that extra revenue from the drink and car rental tax would be used help pay for bridge and road improvements EVEN THOUGH state law requires drink tax revenue to be used on mass transit only.

Happy Thanksgiving
November 27, 2008, 5:00 am
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In honor of Thanksgiving, here are just a few things we are thankful for:

  1. ALL OF YOU for your wonderful support and hard work during our fight against Allegheny County’s Drink Tax.
  2. To live in a country where we, the people, are able to have a say in our government and how it is run.
  3. And of course, all of our families, friends and loved ones who have been by our side from the very beginning!

We hope you have a great holiday.

Drink Tax Appeals Will Go to State Supreme Court
November 9, 2008, 7:51 pm
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While our referendum didn’t make it onto the November ballot, there is still hope that voters will get the chance to vote AXE THE DRINK TAX in the spring election.
Time to start thinking spring.

The state Supreme Court ruled that it will hear the appeals on both Drink Tax refernda and we will push for our referendum to be on the ballot in May using the signatures everyone worked so hard to collect.
Thanks again to everyone for helping continue this fight.  We will let you know the Court’s desicion as soon as we know.

Drink Tax Referenda Not on Ballot…YET!
October 15, 2008, 2:34 pm
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After we all worked tirelessly to get our referendum on the November ballot, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued no directive and therefore both drink tax referenda will remain off of the ballot.

pa-supreme-court No word from the PA Supreme Court about the Drink Tax referenda.

While this is disheartening news, it is in no way, shape or form going to stop our fight against this unfair tax.  If the Supreme Court rules on the issue later this week, we will demand all ballots be reprinted with our referendum.

Keep checking back for updates.

Reduction/Repeal of Drink Tax
May 2, 2008, 3:10 pm
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Click here to read Allegheny County Council At-Large member Chuck McCullough’s statement to the media about his idea to reduce and repeal the Drink Tax.

We’re Just Getting Warmed Up
May 1, 2008, 1:08 am
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Here we go again.

To the thousands of you Western Pennsylvania patriots who joined our Stop Drink Tax fight in 2007 to demand that Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and County Council stop the 10% drink tax…Thank You!

Although County Council voted to support this 10% Drink Tax on December 4, 2007 – THIS IS NOT A DONE DEAL. County Council may have won a battle, but they have not won the war! On April 30, 2008 Friends Against Counterproductive Taxation (FACT) filed an amendment to our lawsuit trying to repeal the 10% Drink Tax. The case has been certified as a class action. This was the first step in our campaign to end the tax this year.

We started to rebuild our momentum and interest in repealing the Drink Tax at the Pittsburgh Pirates Home Opener on April 7th with our FACT street team protesters seen here.

Now, we are working to force a new vote in County Council.  And, from June 17 through August 5, we will launch our third attack, “Whiskey Rebellion II” to collect 50,000 signatures on a petition to put the drink tax to a referendum in the November election.

The new tax is on pace to far exceed the $28 million it was expected to raise – maybe more than $40 million! This unfair tax was never about saving mass transit – it was meant to shore up a huge deficit in Allegheny County’s general operating fund due to mismanagement.

Dan Onorato and Council wants to turn the hospitality industry against homeowners by telling them their property taxes will go up without the drink tax. This is simply not true. There are several other tax alternatives such as a general sales tax which would be fair for all taxpayers.

Starting June 17, sign our petition at your local participating restaurant or tavern and join Whiskey Rebellion II to AXE THE DRINK TAX!

And, believe me, we’re just getting warmed up!