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October 2015

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Member of the Month: October 2015

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Member of the Month

October 2015: Matti Berkheimer
West York Inn: Your Favorite Neighborhood Hangout! 

Business History
Matti Berkheimer spent most of her adult life raising her children and running her own interior plant maintenance business. It wasn’t until she was looking for a part-time job in 2006 that she inquired at her favorite bar, the West York Inn. Luckily, owner Tom Garretty decided to give her a chance tending the bar. By 2011 Matti worked full time as a manager, helping Tom run the front and back of the house. When Tom passed away a few years later, Matti took over ownership and operations at the West York Inn.

About the Business
In recent years, Tom had updated the poolroom and installed a new liquor system that tracks costs and insures that every drink is served correctly. And after taking over, Matti continued to do a number of things that have helped to grow the business at the Inn. In addition to installing a new bar top and outside lighting, as well as fixing the ramp entrance, she also took more notice of the kitchen which will soon be serving a new, more concise menu reflecting the tastes of the customers. West York Inn features wings every Tuesday night and clams on Thursdays. They also allow customers to run the Jukebox every Friday and Saturday nights after 10 PM.

Giving Back
Some of the West York Inn’s favorite organizations to give back to include the West York Fire Hall, the West York Fire Department, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and the West York Block Watch with their National Night Out activities. They are also big participants of Shop with a Cop, an organization that takes children in need Christmas shopping with area police officers. Matti and the West York Inn are also very active with the York County Restaurant & Tavern Association where they help with the annual fundraiser and the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association’s annual Golf Tournament. Be sure to stop by the next time you’re in the area for all that the West York Inn has to offer!

West York Inn
1400 W. Market Street
York, PA 17404
York County

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Mixologist of the Month: October 2015

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Mixologist of the Month

October 2015: Tina Maisner

Signature Cocktail:
Golden Delicious Apple
Crown Royal Whisky 
Sour Apple Schnapps
Pineapple Juice 

Tina Maisner first got her start in the industry because her neighbor owned a few bars in Erie. Needing a job, she tried her hand at serving and later at bartending. Thirty-plus years later, she continues to love what she does! Having worked construction, meatpacking, and retail on the side, she always seems to come back to the tending the bar; “the bar is her life,” Tina has said.

What is her favorite thing about bartending? The people, obviously. She goes on to say that the One Way Inn is a mini Cheers and while they get a lot of out-of-towners from area hotels, regulars return day after day to “where everybody knows your name!” How does Tina keep her regulars and customers happy? She believes that being alert, fast, and accurate can make anyone a good bartender…and make him or her some money too! One Way Inn is located in Erie, where Tina works full time. Stop by and see her some time!

One Way Inn 
4344 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509

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Special Legislative Report: October 2015

By Ray Zaborney and Krystjan Callahan

“Maverick Strategies is an important part of the PA Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association’s Harrisburg team. Ray Zaborney and Kystjan Callahan use their political expertise to advocate for our Commonwealth retail licensees on Capitol Hill.”

Governor Wolf presented the legislature with his budget proposal on march 4th, 2015. his proposal increased state spending to $33.8 billion—a $4.7 billion increase over last year.

In order to pay for his increased spending, Governor Wolf proposed raising the state’s personal income tax from 3.07% to 3.7% (an increase of 21%), increasing the sales tax from 6% to 6.6% and broadening the number of items subject to the sales tax. 

Republican leaders in both the House and Senate have been clear from the beginning that they do not support any form of broad-based tax increases. 

When it was clear there would not be a budget agreement prior to the June 30th deadline, House and Senate Republican leaders put together a comprehensive spending plan that increased education spending by $100 million over last year and made historic investments in human services. 

Funding for their proposal came from a negotiated liquor reform proposal (which contained NO new licenses, and allowed R licensees to sell spirits and wine to-go), and a comprehensive pension reform proposal that would move all new state government employees to a defined contribution style retirement plan. 

Upon passage by the house and Senate, Governor Wolf immediately vetoed the Republican budget. He subsequently vetoed both the liquor privatization and pension reform proposals. 

On August 25th, as the summer drew to close and schools began to open, and being no closer to a budget deal, the House Republican leaders tried to override the Governor’s veto. The House voted on a number of overrides, including those for education, veterans affairs and human services. Unable to garner the 2/3rds majority vote needed, those votes failed along party-lines. 

Seeing no agreement in sight, Republican leaders announced that they would be proceeding with a four-month stopgap budget in order to fund state government and crucial services. The Senate passed Senate Bill 1000 this morning (September 18th). It now heads to the House where it is expected to be approves next week. 

Governor Wolf has publicly stated that he will veto Senate Bill 1000. Setting the stage for a historic budget standoff with no end in sight.