A quote from Pennsylvania Budget Secretary Charles Zogby suggests that the administration may be open to slowing down the long-planned elimination of the state capital stock and franchise tax because of lagging state revenue. On Saturday, May 11th, Marc Levy of the Associated press quoted Secretary Zogby as saying, ""I think whether we can afford to continue the phaseout is something we're going to have to examine." The article suggested that Pennsylvania's Republican-led legislature and administration may be choosing to limit corporate tax cuts rather than cut schools and health care: "Top Republicans are sensitive to the idea [of preventing more cuts in spending] after two years of squeezing education, social services and health care."
On March 12, advocates from across the state delivered half a pie to every Pennsylvania legislator to remind them that a decade of large tax cuts for businesses has left schools, health care services, and local communities with a smaller share of the budget pie.
Watch the following three-minute video for all the highlights.
By Jan Murphy
March 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM
Updated March 12, 2013 at 4:59 PM
Lawmakers were treated to a half of a pie today as a symbolic gesture from a statewide coalition over the proposed business tax cuts that would shrink the size of the state budget pie that funds education and human services.
The Better Choices for Pennsylvania coalition called on lawmakers to hold off on Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed tax breaks for businesses that would begin in 2015 until loopholes are closed and...