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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
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
Whether to authorize new gambling in Pennsylvania by legalizing slot machines has become a saga filled with questions. Conspicuously absent are questions about how new state tax revenues from these slot machines would be spent. IssuesPA took a closer look. ...Read more
IssuesPA analyzed the property tax relief proposals currently before the legislature. There are six steps, and unfortunately, the process is anything but simple. Change in the tax system is inherently complicated, and you knew it wouldn’t be easy. So take a deep breath. ...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