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.”
Current 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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