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). 

Going the Distance For Business Competitiveness

By: David N. Taylor
January 6, 2016
Opinion Editorial 

Rosie Ruiz won the Boston Marathon in 1980, shattering the fastest female time record and had hardly broken a sweat when she crossed the finish line. Ms. Ruiz was stripped of her title just eight days later when officials discovered she rode the subway to the finish line.

Kids Face Loss Of Millions In Scholarship Money Under “Education Governor”

Under current Pennsylvania law, it is solely the responsibility of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to release Educational Improvement Tax Credits (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credits (OSTC) to the approved business applicants. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is currently withholding $150 million in credits, threatening the future of schools and programs that serve our most vulnerable student populations.

“General Assembly Budget” Now More Likely As Shutdown Effects Worsen

Legislative sources say that the next move to break Governor Wolf’s budget shutdown, now in its 16 week, will be to give the governor a piece of his original state spending plan: a higher sales tax in exchange for a reduction in local property taxes, while remaining firm on other key items. The plan amounts to a dollar-for-dollar sales tax and property tax exchange. It would come with one major provision; that future local tax increases would have to be approved through referendum.

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PLCB and the Right-to-Know

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review recently reported that LCB officials insisted the newspaper go through the state’s Right-to-Know process (RTK) for information that was already clearly a matter of public record. Reporter Kari Andren asked the LCB’s press secretary for basic information regarding a former employee but board members directed the press office not to release the information unless Andren filed a formal request with the state’s Right-to-Know office.

Budget Impasse: What’s next?

The war of words over the budget impasse continues and, for his part, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) must be getting tired of repeating the obvious, or what should be the obvious.

At a Pennsylvania Press Club briefing on Monday, Speaker Turzai clearly felt it necessary to yet again say that the Governor has no votes for the tax increases he continues to demand. That fact should have been more than obvious to the Wolf Administration two months ago when the House flattened the Governor’s spending and tax plan under a 0-193 vote.

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Governor Campaigns for Nation's Highest Tax and Spending Increases

Two weeks after the June 30 budget deadline, Governor Tom Wolf is on the road pitching the budget plan he first unveiled in early March. He’s standing by his plan despite a series of embarrassing setbacks: zero votes for his budget in the House when it was brought to the floor  in early June; an independent fiscal analysis that shows everyone will pay higher taxes under his budget, despite his claims to the contrary; and now a study by a bipartisan association of budget officials that shows the Wolf plan taxes more and spends more than any budget plan in the nation.

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Governor Wolf Vetoes Budget; Presses for Tax Increases

To protect the special interests of public employee unions, Governor Tom Wolf vetoed a $30 billion 2015-2016 General Fund budget approved this week by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. The responsible, Republican budget would have saved billions by reforming our run-away public pension systems and would have raised nearly $300 million by ending the byzantine state liquor monopoly.

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Wolf’s Massive, Stale Tax Increase Proposals Face Reality Check in House

On Monday, the House wasted no time dismissing, on a 0-193 vote, Governor Tom Wolf’s entire budget proposal, including his massive tax increase scheme. 

We All Lose Under Wolf Tax Proposals

For a moment in time, Pennsylvania was becoming more economically competitive. For three straight years, our commonwealth climbed over other states in a comparison of competitive vigor called Rich States, Poor States by the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC. (View summary HERE!) Then during 2014, we dropped hard – only two other states lost as much ground.

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Pension Reform A Must, Lawmakers Say

The Republican-controlled House plans to take up a pension reform bill in early to mid-May, caucus sources say. The vote will set the stage for working with a Senate Republican majority that is equally committed to reform, and a potential conflict with Governor Tom Wolf who has downplayed the gravity of the public pension crisis.