Business Taxes

Reduce the Corporate Net Income Tax, at 9.99 percent the second highest in the country. Stay on track for final phase-out of the Capital Stock & Franchise Tax. Maintain fight against corporations reporting all taxes from all jurisdictions (combined reporting). 

State Government Leaders Back in Harrisburg Rummaging for Funds

The General Assembly returns to Harrisburg this week in search of more than $2 billion to fully fund, as required by law, the $32 billion spending plan that was sent to the governor last Friday. The available options are all unwelcome: borrowing; more gambling; increasing taxes; shifting money between funds.

Testimony before the House Democratic Policy Committee

No matter what product is being made, manufacturers are taking raw materials or component parts and going through a multi-state process to yield a finished good.  In doing so, they are almost always deploying some kind of chemical process and consuming a large amount of energy. For some manufacturers, energy is their most expensive cost input, which is why manufacturers require available, affordable, and reliable energy. 

Middle Class Would Rise Again Under Trump Tax Reform Plan

Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) rightly characterizes President Trump’s tax reform plan as one that will result in well-paying jobs --“The best economic stimulus for the middle class,” he said in a statement.

He also noted that massive increases in government spending and nearly $2 trillion in taxes under President Obama delivered the opposite: “The slowest lowest post-recession recovery since World War II, weak job growth, and stagnant household income.”

Time to Drive a Stake Through Wolf’s Undead Tax Agenda

When the layers of Governor Tom Wolf’s latest budget proposal are peeled away during the legislative budget hearings that begin next week, Pennsylvanians will see a rogues gallery of job-killing tax increases from across the decades – some defeated, some repealed – back to haunt our economy.

Path to a Prosperous Pennsylvania

Press Conference 
Hosted by: AFP Pennsylvania
January 24, 2017

Remarks by: Carl A. Marrara

Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association

Vice President, Government Affairs

Spending-First, Revenue-Later budget stalls in Harrisburg

The General Assembly and Governor Tom Wolf are still working towards a budget agreement, which, as of this writing, will likely be finalized in the weeks following the June 30 deadline. While no one facing re-election wants to repeat last year’s bruising nine-month budget battle, the kind words exchanged about this year’s budget talks have failed to produce a balanced spending plan for 2016-2017.

Disagreements over revenue – how much is needed and how to raise it – interrupted the process just before the July 4 weekend, but now must be resolved.

Please Oppose Natural Gas Gross Receipts Tax

TO: ALL MEMBERS, PENNSYLVANIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

FROM: DAVID N TAYLOR, PRESIDENT; CARL A. MARRARA, VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

RE: PLEASE OPPOSE NATURAL GAS GROSS RECEIPTS TAX

Study: Pennsylvania On Wrong End of Debt, Solvency Ranking

Spending restraint and opposition to tax hikes by Republican lawmakers over the past five years have likely kept Pennsylvania from entering a fiscal death spiral. A new study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, which compares solvency and other fiscal health indicators among the states and Puerto Rico, places Pennsylvania near the bottom, floundering with the high tax and spend states of New York, California and Maryland. More spending and taxes over the past five years would have surely moved us closer to Puerto Rico’s bankrupt nightmare.

Governor Wolf uses budget address to insult legislators, demand higher taxes and spending

On Tuesday, Governor Tom Wolf brazenly scolded House and Senate Republican lawmakers instead of presenting a budget proposal to an equal branch of government. The budget fiasco now consuming Harrisburg, he said, is the result of Republicans playing politics and ignoring the math. He then went on a political tirade, saying throughout the address that lawmakers were risking the welfare, and even the lives, of the elderly and children.

The problem? He’s the one whose math is wrong.

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Rookie Governor Inflicts Six Months of Pain and Suffering for No Reason

For all practical purposes, the General Fund budget signed in part by Governor Wolf in late December was the same one he vetoed in early July. At the time of the signing, he didn’t indulge the press to answer the most obvious question: why sign it now but not then? Surely, he could have saved a lot of people a lot of grief, and the taxpayers a lot of money. Instead of taking questions, he chastised the legislative leaders, calling the budget “garbage” and “an exercise in stupidity” and then left. The tragedy is that all this was completely unnecessary.

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