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. PFMA opposes the Senate (SB 15) and Governor's Alcohol Modernization Plans.
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.
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. PFMA supports HB 877 (Toohil), which would increase the distribution schedule from a 10-day to a 25-day period.
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 significantly raise the personal income tax or sales taxes, or allow for the taxing of food and other products not currently taxed that are sold in our members' stores.
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, including SB 128 (Eichelberger), 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.
Taxes on Cigarettes, OTP or E-Cigs:PFMA opposes new or additional taxes on these items, including legislation that would increase taxes on smokeless tobacco products. 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.
Elimination of Philadelphia $2 per-pack Tobacco Tax: PFMA supports HB 403 (Grove), which would repeal the $2 per-pack tobacco tax in the City of Philadelphia. Convenience Store Permits:PFMA supports legislation introduced by Rep. Saylor in previous sessions, which would create a convenience store permit for off premises sales of malt and brewed beverages. His legislation would enhance choice, convenience, and selection, which Pennsylvania residents are demanding from companies and elected officials.
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 part of the board, and eliminating the board positon for a defunct organization.
Commerce Courts: PFMA Supports HB 401 (Grove), which would allow the Pennsylvania Superior Court to create a Commerce Court program for the Superior Court, and is modeled after the successful Commerce Case Management Program in Philadelphia.
Human Relations Commission Updates: PFMA supports HB 402 (Grove) to establish a new process dictating the PA Human Relations Commission completes an investigation into a complaint within 180 of receiving the complaint.
Workers' Compensation System Changes: HB 18 (Mackenzie), which PFMA supports, would implement a prescription drug formulary for the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation System.