New York City: The Port Authority has its own police department, and included in that are Suicide Squad members, whose job involves preventing people from jumping off the George Washington Bridge. I was unaware of this, but since 2014 they've saved 230 lives. That's been ordered to change; the new order: do not restrain a jumper.
“PAPD personnel will refrain from using physical force when required to physically restrain a suicidal jumper on or near the bridge’s railing,” according to the orders handed down by the George Washington Bridge command and acquired by The News.
It appears that they are now supposed to simply watch them go. PAPD are looking into acquiring harnesses for officers, but until they get those and get the officers trained on their use, it's "hands-off".
Philadelphia: in another item for the "I was unaware of this" file, city haul there introduced a new tax - 1.5 cents per ounce on sweetened beverages. It's been in effect for two months, and the results are showing up: supermarkets and distributors of soft drinks report a drop in sales of 30% to as much as 50%, and hundreds of layoffs are planned.
In response, the city questioned the legitimacy of the early figures and predicted that customers responding to the initial sticker shock by shopping outside the city would return.
The mayor calls the soda industry "greedy".
Bob Brockway, chief operating officer of Canada Dry Delaware Valley, which distributes about 20 percent of the city’s soft drinks, said sales were down 45 percent in Philadelphia. The company will lay off 20 percent of its workforce the first week in March.
The politicians evidently thought that the companies would simply absorb the new tax, and there would be no effect on anybody. They really don't seem to have a grasp of business in the Real World.