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.

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

 

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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.

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On Monday and Tuesday, June 3rd and 4th, join a call-in day with Better Choices for PA Coalition members from across the state.  As legislators return to Harrisburg for the final weeks of the budget debate, remind your representative that now is not the time to cut taxes, when we badly need to restore funding to our schools, health care, and human services.

Click here for more details on the call-in day to the PA House.

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