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There have been many proposals to modernize the tax system or its many components, using methods ranging from blue ribbon commissions of non-government volunteers to in-house government proposals. For a variety of reasons, however, the state and local tax system never has been completely overhauled. ...Read more
State policymakers are considering proposals to provide property tax relief for homestead and farmstead property owners through expanded legalized gambling or other mechanisms. ...Read more
Pennsylvania’s urbanized areas generally have been experiencing a slow but undeniably real decline. All indicators point to cities and towns that are less populated, less wealthy, and more fiscally unstable with every passing year. ...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
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
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