State of Pennsylvania secondary Archives: on Tax Reform


Dwight Evans: No tax-breaks without job creation: enforce with clawbacks

Job creation incentives must be transparent and verifiable so that businesses receiving state incentives or tax breaks for their expansion or relocation can be held to their end of the bargain. If businesses don't meet their job-creation or other commitments, economic development funds can be recovered through clawbacks. It may seem like common sense, but "clawbacks" have been rarely used in recovering public funds, allowing businesses that don't fulfill the terms of their economic incentive agreements to keep their public funding with no financial consequences. But communities have stopped looking the other way when companies don't keep their promises, and started taking back tax dollars that did not produce the intended results. Illinois communities took back funds from 37 companies who did not fulfill their local commitments in 2008, compared to six in 2005.
Source: 2016 Pennsylvania House campaign website DwightEvans.com Nov 8, 2016

Tom Wolf: Cut property tax; raise sales tax & income tax

My budget reduces the total tax burden on average middle-class homeowners by 13 percent. Overall, my budget will reduce the average homeowner's property taxes by 50 percent, putting more than $1,000 each year in their pockets. This will ease the burden on low income and middle-class homeowners. And it will bring some much-needed relief to seniors living on fixed incomes, some of whom have been forced to leave homes they have lived in their entire lives because they cannot afford higher property taxes.

In fact, under my plan, many senior citizens will see their property taxes eliminated altogether. My plan raises the personal income tax to 3.7 percent. And it will make up for lost revenue by increasing the sales tax from 6 to 6.6 percent, while broadening the base to include services that currently are not taxed because special interest groups have lobbied for special exemptions. These changes will allow us to make a historic commitment to our schools.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Pennsylvania Legislature Mar 3, 2015

Brendan Boyle: Billionaires should pay higher tax rates than workers

When elected to Congress, I will fight to:
Source: 2014 Pennsylvania House campaign website, VoteBoyle.com Oct 10, 2014

Tom Wolf: Shift income tax burden to higher earners

All four Democratic candidates would seek to impose a severance tax on natural gas extraction--though the amounts they would choose differ--and expand the reach of the corporate net income tax by requiring combined reporting.