Drink Tax Reduced to 7% For 2009 Budget
December 5, 2008, 7:02 pm
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It isn’t everything anybody wanted, but it’s better than nothing.  Facing criticism from Allegheny County citizens, County Council passed a budget this week which reduced the Drink Tax from 10% to 7%, representing a year’s worth of hard work by advocates working to reduce or eliminate this harmful tax.  Here are some stories from the press concerning this news:

Allegheny County Cuts Drink Tax to 7%, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Drink Tax Cut Passes County Council, KDKA-TV

Cheers, Drinks to Cost 3 Percent Less, WTAE-TV

We applaud the county for this action; however this is only the first step.  We will continue to pursue the repeal of this irresponsible and unfair tax.  And we will maintain a vigilant oversight on how these monies are used.

Whiskey Rebellion Continues

And so The Whiskey Rebellion II continues…


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.

“Families and Businesses are Hurting”
October 2, 2008, 12:30 pm
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From today’s Trib:

“Families and businesses are hurting in this economy, yet our county government continues on a reckless path of attacking a vulnerable industry that is dominated by struggling small businesses,” Kevin Joyce, a board member of the group Friends Against Counterproductive Taxation, said in a statement yesterday.