Alcohol Wholesale and Retail Sales Reform: PFMA supports efforts to update state alcohol sales and distribution laws and regulations to allow our members to sell adult beverages, including beer, wine, and spirits, in any quantity at their stores. We also work for the creation of new licenses for interested retailers, and the creation of a competitive, market-based, wholesale distribution system for deliver and purchase of products by retailers. PFMA opposes the Senate (SB 15) and Governor's Alcohol Modernization Plans.
Extend the SNAP Disbursement Schedule: Adjust the SNAP disbursement schedule to allow for a distribution period when providing benefits to recipients across the Commonwealth. Currently most recipients receive their benefits in the first ten days of the month. SB 877 (Toohil), which PFMA supports, would extend the disbursement schedule to a 25-day period.
Increase Retailer Incentives and Commission for Lottery Sales: PFMA works with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, the Pennsylvania Lottery and the state legislature to increase the commission for retailers selling lottery tickets.
Vape/E-cigarette Formula Change: PFMA supports Senator Bartolotta's legislation (SB 508), which would eliminate the 40% wholesale tax on e-cigarettes, and replaces it with a 5-cents per-milliliter retail tax on e-liquid.
Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board (USTIB): PFMA supports SB 143 (Yaw) and HB 290 (Metzgar) to make changes to the USTIB allowing for PFMA to become a voting member of the board.
Maintain Current Retail Application Process for WIC During E-WIC Transition: PFMA supports allowing retailers to continue to apply and receive approval for pending and future Women Infants and Children (WIC) program applications during the transition to e-WIC by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, from 2017-2020. PFMA also supports a prohibition of a moratorium on new WIC applications by the WIC/Department of Health.
Increasing the State Cigarette Tax or Instituting New Taxes on OTP or E-Cigarettes:Defeat any proposed increases to the state cigarette tax as well as the implementation of new taxes on e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.
State Sales Tax Increase and Base Expansion: Halt attempts to raise and/or expand the state sales tax from its current rate of six percent, and oppose expanding the tax to include additional products.
Property Tax Elimination / Tax Shift: PFMA opposes the elimination of property taxes, which would require a dramatic increase in the personal income tax and sales tax, and the expansion of the sales tax onto food items.
Online Lottery: PMFA opposes the creation of an online lottery which would undercut lottery sales and sales in general by brick and mortar retailers. PFMA wants to work with the state legislation and the Departments of Revenue and Lottery to improve sales in a responsible way inside the store, and provide more resources to the Commonwealth and senior citizens who benefit most from the program.
Mandatory Statewide Paid and Unpaid Leave: PFMA opposes any government mandated statewide paid and/or unpaid leave ordinances. SB 128 (Eichelberger), which we support, preempts local municipalities from passing such ordinances.