Councilman Proposes Cutting Drink-Tax

| December 3rd, 2010 | No Comments »

Check out this article by Len Barcousky from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Councilman Chuck McCullough will introduce a measure to trim the county’s controversial drink tax from 7 percent to 6 percent. The Republican from Upper St. Clair said today the current levy is bringing in more revenue than the county needs to provide local matching funds to help support Port Authority buses and light-rail trains. With about $4 million left unspent in county coffers from taxes on poured alcoholic drinks and rental cars, the drink-tax rate should be cut, he said. In return for the county providing 15 percent of the Port Authority’s operating budget, the Port Authority qualifies for almost $185 million in state mass transit aid. Additional dollars from the county, however, would not increase the amount of state aid allocated to Port Authority. He will make his proposal when council meets Monday to take action

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PA Liquor Control Board Postpones Proposed Handling Fee Hike

| November 22nd, 2010 | No Comments »

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) announced late afternoon Thursday, November 18 that it would postpone its proposed handling fee hike for at least six months. In addition, the PLCB placed a moratorium on any manufacturer price increases for any items sold in its stores. In response to industry opposition, the PLCB reversed its original plan to implement the price increase on January 4, 2011. This change will provide Governor-elect Corbett and the newly elected General Assembly time to learn about the issue. HosPac, the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association and other groups led efforts to fight the price increase, along with a coalition of like-minded organizations which sent letters to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Gov. Rendell and testified against the proposal before the Senate Law and Justice Committee. This decision is a huge victory for the restaurant industry. We thank Governor-elect Tom Corbett for raising his concerns regarding a significant price

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We are 2 for 2: Onorato Loses Governor Race

| November 3rd, 2010 | No Comments »
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The voters are in and Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett will be the next governor of Pennsylvania! Corbett (R) received 2,135,187 votes, compared to opponent Dan Onorato (D), who received 1,783,114 votes. What makes Dan Onorato’s loss that much better?  The County Executive lost his own county- Allegheny! Dan Onorato LOST Allegheny County by 335 votes. Click here to see county-by-county results:. Hopefully, these numbers will play a part in Onorato’s job when he is up for reelection next year! HosPAC is now two for two in the war against unfair taxation: first Brenda Frazier and now Dan Onorato.  Let’s keep up the good work!

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HosPAC Signs – On Nov. 2nd Remember The Drink Tax

| November 1st, 2010 | No Comments »

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Tomorrow is the Day

| November 1st, 2010 | No Comments »
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When you are heading to the booths tomorrow to vote for the next governor of Pennsylvania, please keep in mind HosPAC’s message:  Remember the Onorato Drink Tax!  It was Dan Onorato who was behind Allegheny County’s 10% Drink Tax, which unfairly taxed the hospitality industry.

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Who Are You Voting For Nov. 2?

| October 25th, 2010 | No Comments »

Stay on the look out for these Yard Signs!  On November 2, Remember the Drink Tax and keep Dan the Tax Man out of Harrisburg!

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I’m Your Puppet

| October 21st, 2010 | 1 Comment »
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Anyone else singing “I’m Your Puppet” to themselves right now?  If not, click here – Oldies – Brenton Woods – I’m Your Puppet

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Dan ‘dummied’ down

| October 18th, 2010 | No Comments »

HosPAC’s rally against Dan Onorato was mentioned in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s opinion page over the weekend.  Click here to read ‘Dan dummied down’ or see below! Dan dummied down – Pittsburgh Tribune Review, October 17, 2010 Flattering, the picture was not. Opponents of Allegheny County’s drink tax held an anti-Dan Onorato rally Thursday as part of an attempt to ensure the Democrat Allegheny County executive is defeated in the gubernatorial race by Republican state Attorney General Tom Corbett. The flier used to attract folks to the event featured a digitally altered picture of Gov. Ed Rendell as a ventriloquist holding an Onorato dummy. We don’t have to spell out for intelligent readers like you the message that picture attempted to deliver. The rally reminded voters that Onorato was the driving force behind the unpopular 10-percent tax on poured alcoholic beverages the county adopted in December 2007 and reduced to

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Keep Dan the Tax Man Out of Harrisburg Rally

| October 7th, 2010 | No Comments »
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Remember… THE ONORATO DRINK TAX Rally & Fundraiser Event to Keep Dan the Tax Man Out of Harrisburg Thursday, October 14, 2010 PLEASE JOIN US, the Hospitality Action Committe of Western Pennsylvania, for a special event to help remind voters of Gubernatorial Candidate Dan Onorato’s 10% Drink Tax in Allegheny County! Thursday, October 14, 2010 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Mitchell’s Restaurant 304 Ross Street, Downtown Cost is $10. Includes beer and snacks.

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Allegheny’s poured drink tax ruined businesses, bar owners say

| July 27th, 2010 | No Comments »
Andrew Russell | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Here’s a great article by Tim Puko in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Mike Speranzo considers himself a casualty of the Allegheny County booze tax. But at least he survived. The owner of Mr. Small’s Funhouse said he needed a bailout from a friend and a break from his mortgage holder to pay $30,000 of overdue drink taxes and avoid closing his Millvale concert venue. But more than 50 bars have closed — some shut down by the county for unpaid drink taxes, while others closed on their own while holding past-due balances. Several owners cited the tax as the tipping point toward bankruptcy. “It killed me and put me into default with the banks,” said Speranzo, who borrowed money for a new register system to help staff calculate the tax quickly enough to keep up with the frenetic pace of a concert crowd. “I was a super casualty. I don’t

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