Hospitality & Retail

An electric scooter waits for its next rider on the streets of Washington, D.C. (Photo: Joel Berg)

Scooter hopes ride on state legislation

Electric scooters, also referred to as e-scooters, are a burgeoning means of getting around in cities throughout the country, but Pennsylvania law currently does not allow them on roads and sidewalks. A proposed bill seeks to add them to the state vehicle code and treat them as bicycles, paving the way for their use.

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State officials, brewers anticipate compromise over ‘taproom tax’

For nearly a year, craft brewers have railed against a plan by the state Department of Revenue that would require breweries to start charging a 6 percent sales tax on all their taproom products, including draft beers served on site and six-packs and growlers to go. The state is scheduled to begin enforcing the taproom tax in July, but a legislative fix is in the works.

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Still cooking: Distillery pioneers gear up for expansion

Three years after moving to North York, Old Republic Distillery is investing in a much larger still to boost its production volumes and expand its lineup of craft spirits. Old Republic was the first small-scale distillery to open in Central Pennsylvania after Pennsylvania created a limited distillery licensing category in 2012. Now there are nearly 20 distilleries in the midstate.

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