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Comparing Pennsylvania’s spending habits to other states’ provides a different perspective and could impact how state leaders make future spending decisions. However, these comparisons must be tempered by Pennsylvania’s unique population and culture. ...Read more
While local control has deep roots in Pennsylvania, state government in the 21st century should take a more active role in assisting and leading local government. ...Read more
Is Pennsylvania a high tax state or a low tax state, compared to its peers? It's a difficult question to answer objectively. IssuesPA combined state and local taxes to provide a more accurate picture of the overall tax burden. ...Read more
Collecting taxes is a necessary function of local government. In Pennsylvania, who does it and how it is done aren’t consistent across government entities. Here’s a primer from IssuesPA. ...Read more
Act 72 of 2004, the Homeowner Tax Relief Act, targets some of the anticipated revenues from slot machines for local property tax relief in Pennsylvania. However, this new law impacts more than homeowners’ tax bills. IssuesPA investigated the impact on local tax collection. ...Read more
When businesses consider locating or expanding their operations in Pennsylvania, a key factor influencing their decision is the amount of taxes they’ll pay. And state business taxes get a lot of attention. What do they find out? IssuesPA offers some answers. ...Read more
The Governor's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2005-06 doesn’t include changes to the tax system for next year, but it does look forward to the following year, suggesting a “revenue neutral” restructuring of business taxes. Here’s an IssuesPA primer on five business tax restructuring terms and possible changes that matter. ...Read more
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
Incremental change is how PA's state and local tax systems change - slowly and haphazardly - though not for a lack of ideas and proposals. ...Read more
State policymakers have placed a large bet on gambling; now only time will tell whether this bet pays off. ...Read more