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The legislature and the Governor continue to debate the merits and pitfalls of new gambling revenue as the primary source of funds for property tax relief. Missing from the debate is the impact of the tax relief proposals on different types of taxpayers. ...Read more
No examination of income taxes in Pennsylvania - or the quest for local tax reform - is complete without a closer look at Philadelphia’s city wage tax. Historically, it’s been a key stumbling block. Why? IssuesPA sought answers. ...Read more
Every Governor since Raymond P. Shafer has considered or attempted some form of tax reform, yet little has really changed. ...Read more
Governor Rendell's Plan is crowded with a multitude of proposals designed to stimulate Pennsylvania’s economy, lower residential property taxes by shifting some of the burden to the state income tax, make a major new investment of state funds in basic education - including early childhood education, student achievement, and rewarding performance - and promote increased accountability in public education. ...Read more
To describe Pennsylvania local taxation as a "system" of taxation does violence to the English language. It’s more like a "collection." Generally allowed to tax anything that the state does not, municipal and school district governing bodies individually select from a menu of tax possibilities. ...Read more
As the special legislative session on local tax reform gets underway in Pennsylvania this week, almost everybody agrees local tax reform is needed. But is there an easy, painless solution? No. ...Read more
In examining the broad topic of community vitality, the IssuesPA team identified four topics for Governor candidates, then took a closer look at each. ...Read more
In the last five years, three of the major employers in Lock Haven and Clinton County have closed their doors, a Lock Haven University senior told Pennsylvania's four candidates for Governor at a campaign debate this month. ...Read more