The Better Choices for Pennsylvania coalition's announcement of its 19 Tax Fairness recommendations was reported in newspapers, as well as by radio and television stations. Photos and links to media coverage are included below:

"Report Highlights 19 Recommendations for Fairer PA Tax System" (Front page story), PLS Capitol Recap, 2/18/2015
"The Better Choices Coalition of Pennsylvania released a report with a list of 19 recommendations to make Pennsylvania’s tax system equitable ... JoAnne Sessa, secretary-treasurer of SEIU Local 668, explained the Commonwealth’s revenue problem is due in part to out dated corporate tax loopholes. 'Nearly 75 percent of Pennsylvania’s corporations pay a smaller percentage in taxes than many of our members,' Sessa said ..."

"Groups present plans to overhaul state taxes," Scranton Times-Tribune, 2/22/2015

"Local leaders call on Harrisburg to level tax play," WFMZ Channel 69 News, 2/19/2015

"News from the Capitol" segment (Coverage begins at 48:43), The Rick Smith Show, 2/18/2015

"Left-Leaning Groups Offer Tax Policy Suggestions," WESA-FM, 2/19/2015

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On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, the Better Choices for Pennsylvania Coalition held a press conference to call on Governor Tom Wolf and the General Assembly to pursue a 2015-16 budget that invests in Pennsylvania families by making the state's tax system fairer.

Better Choices press conf - 02-18-2015

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy recently ranked Pennsylvania's tax system one of the most regressive in the nation, asking more from low- and middle-income families while allowing the wealthy and corporations to escape paying their fair share.

ITEP Who Pays - PA Facts

Download the coalition's 19 recommendations for making Pennsylvania's tax system fairer.

 

Nineteen ideas to make Pennsylvania’s tax system fairer...

Local officials from across Pennsylvania came to Harrisburg today with a message for state lawmakers: prioritize investments in our schools, county health services, and infrastructure over new tax cuts.

Years of state tax cuts have shifted more costs onto local communities and taxpayers. The local officials urged lawmakers to delay a planned cut next year to a corporate tax that has already been reduced by 85 percent in order to restore funding to the services that people and businesses rely on everyday.

“Budgets are about priorities, and it is time for Harrisburg to put its priorities into what counts: schools, roads, safe and healthy communities – so that we can move our state forward,” said Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner. “While I certainly recognize the need for balancing budgets, budgets should not be balanced on the backs of our students, working families and the elderly.”

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa WagnerCurrent state law will eliminate the capital stock and franchise tax, now at a record low rate, in 2014. Keeping that tax at 2012 levels would raise an additional $360 million for the 2013-14 budget, helping prevent deep cuts to investments that are key to Pennsylvania’s future.

Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz said that Mayor Nutter’s city budget for 2014 reflects a $25...

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