Alcohol Sales Privatization:PFMA looks to give consumers the ability to purchase beer, wine and spirits in any quantity in grocery and convenience stores. We support privatizing wholesale and retail operations, and creating new licenses for interested retailers.
Minimum Wage Increases: PFMA opposes any increases to the minimum wage, and agrees with many legislators and other statewide groups that they could do more harm than good in aiding the growing economy. PFMA is neutral on Senator Wagner’s (R-York) proposal to raise the wage to $8.75 over three years.
Increasing Lottery Sales Incentives for Retailers: PFMA would like to see expanded lottery gaming opportunities for members. We would also like to have consumers purchase cards from retailers in store for use in online lottery gaming. This would ensure continued store traffic and prevent a decline in revenues with the future of online play such as keno. PFMA testified in support of Governor Corbett’s proposal to privatize the lottery early in 2013.
Raising the commission rate for retailers selling lottery products: PFMA supports increasing retailer’s commissions for selling lottery products from 5% up to 10% depending on weekly sales volume. Additionally, other incentives could be offered, depending on the type of game being sold.
SNAP/WIC Regulations and Funding: SNAP and WIC are vital programs to our members and their customers. We would be concerned about any proposals involving funding cuts or burdensome regulations that may impede our members from participating or qualified individuals from accessing the program.
Property Tax Reform: We opposed HB 1189 (Rep. Grove [R-York]), SB 76 (Sen. Argall [R-Berks]), HB 860 (Rep. Saylor [R-York]) during previous legislative sessions, and will continue to oppose any bill that would raise sales taxes locally or allow for the taxing of food.
GMO Labeling:We oppose legislation which requires GMO labeling by our members. A number of bills were introduced last session on this issue, but did not move.
Restricting Sale of E-Cigarettes / Alternative Nicotine Products to Minors: We support legislation that brings Pennsylvania laws regarding alternative nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, in line with laws restricting sales to minors for traditional tobacco products.
Paid Leave Preemption Legislation:PFMA supports legislation that preempts local municipalities from passing paid and unpaid leave ordinances.
Pension Reform:PFMA supports this initiative and would help in its passage. We do not endorse any specific proposal, but understand that something needs to be done to address the financial future of the Commonwealth.
E-Cigarettes / Clear Indoor Air Act:PFMA opposes any legislation that would include e-cigarettes in the Clean Indoor Air Act, since the current science on this issue is unclear and undecided as to whether there is any adverse public health impact.
Lowering the Corporate Net Income (CNI) Tax Rate: PFMA supports legislation to lower the CNI and help make Pennsylvania’s business climate more competitive and attractive compared to the rest of the country.
Taxes on Cigarettes, OTP or E-Cigs:PFMA opposes new or additional taxes on these items.
Mandated Emergency Generator Use: PFMA opposes legislative efforts to amend the Combustible and Flammable Liquids Act to require each retail service station to use an alternative generated power source for a minimum of 72 hours during times of emergency.
Mandated Paid and Unpaid Leave Proposals: PFMA opposes attempts to mandate paid and unpaid leave for businesses. This is a one-size-fits-all approach that does not work, and needs to be a decision made by business owners.
Plastic Bag Taxes / Fees or Bans: PFMA opposes attempts to ban or impose fees/taxes on plastic bags. We support recycling and educational programs which are good for the environment, without causing harm to businesses and consumers through higher operating and food costs.
Business Tax Reform: PFMA supports amending the Tax Reform Code by removing language containing schedules limiting carry-forwards, thus uncapping the Net Operating Loss (NOL) carry-forward.
Menu Labeling Standards: PFMA opposed SB 798 (Rep. Day [R-Berks/Lehigh) during the 2015-2016 Legislative Session, and opposes any similar legislation in the future that requires retail food establishments to display nutritional information and imposes penalties. This legislation is very similar to the federal menu labeling standards developed in the affordable care act and currently being implemented by the FDA. There is no need for duplication, which would only create further confusion on the state level. PFMA opposes unnecessary and burdensome labeling requirements that add costs to businesses, products, and the consumer's bill.
Workers Comp - Coordinated Care Organizations / Schedule Flexibility: PFMA supports making changes to the Workers' Compensation Act, in liability and compensation, providing that employers may choose to utilize a Coordinated Care Organization through which a claimant could receive treatment throughout a claim. PFMA would also like to see an increase in the timeframe for the schedule of compensation from 90 days to 180 days.
Sentence Enhancement for Robbery: PFMA supports legislative efforts to add language requiring the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing to provide for a sentencing enhancement if during the commission of a crime, a person knowingly concealed or attempted to conceal their face in order to hide their identity.
Private Action Minimum Increase: PFMA opposes legislation that would amend the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law to require the minimum for a private action to be raised to $500.
Removal of Ethanol Blending: PFMA supports the removal of ethanol blending requirements from the Biofuel Development and In-State Production Incentive Act.
Commerce Court: PFMA supports establishing a commerce division in the Superior Court consisting of judges appointed by the President Judge of the Superior Court.
Convenience Store Permits:PFMA supports the creation of a convenience store permit for off premises sales of malt and brewed beverages, which would enhance the convenience and selection that Pennsylvanians demand from companies and elected officials.
Workers Comp Treatment Guidelines: PFMA supports changes to the Workers Compensation Act that would require all reasonable and necessary treatments, services, products or accomodations be consistent with treatment guidelines selected by the PA Department of Labor and Industry. PFMA would like to see the creation of a panel of medical providers, selected by the Labor and Industry Secretary, to review and propose amendments to adopted guidelines, as well as a process for appeals.
Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board: PFMA would like to see legislation passed that would include the PFMA on the the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board (USTIB).
Statutory Construction of Wage and Hour Laws: PFMA supports eliminating differences between state and federal law for the statutory construction of the Minimum Wage Act of 1968.
SNAP Disbursement Period: We support extending the SNAP disbursement period from the current 10 day period to a 25 day period.