State of Pennsylvania secondary Archives: on Tax Reform


Bob Casey: Repeal tax cut on top 1% of earners

Q: President Bush wants his tax cuts to be permanent. What do you say to that?

A: The answer is simple when it comes to the top 1%. I said in front of 1200 business leaders in Philly: If there is an opportunity to repeal the tax cut to the top 1%, Iíll do that. We canít afford it any longer, in a time of crises in health care, a time of staggering deficits, trade deficit, and national debt. But we can have tax relief for the middle class.

Source: Second 2006 Pennsylvania Senate Debate Apr 19, 2006

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

Doug Mastriano: Elimination of property tax would benefit the economy

Property tax elimination will lead to benefits in other sectors of our economy. The average tax savings of property tax elimination for all homesteads would have the same effect of annual stimulus checks for a household. Increased consumer spending in our Commonwealth grows GDP. Businesses flourish and consumer sales increase with more demand. This growth ultimately leads to more annual money into the coffers of the General Assembly's general fund available for education spending.
Source: Pottstown Mercury on 2022 Pennsylvania Gubernatorial race Feb 4, 2022

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

Ed Rendell: Cut property taxes for regular families

What does it say about us as leaders if we allow families to be driven out of their homes because they can't afford their property taxes? I ask for your help in reducing school property taxes by an average of 30 percent this year. I say, let's cut these crushing taxes now, and restructure our tax system in ways that make Pennsylvania more attractive to investors, and more equitable to homeowners while restoring vital services that are important to our economic growth.
Source: Budget Address to Pennsylvania General Assembly Mar 4, 2003

Ed Rendell: Eliminate 74 exemptions & reduce sales tax from 6% to 4%

We should eliminate the 74 non-essential exemptions to the state sales tax. Under our proposal, there will still be no sales tax imposed on essential items like food, clothing, and prescription drugs. And it preserves sales tax exemption for our manufacturers and non-profit cultural institutions. But we will eliminate exemptions for professional services like fees for lawyers and accountants.

By closing these loopholes, we can broaden the base of the state sales tax and actually reduce it from 6% to 4%. Let me put it another way: my proposal will cut the sales tax statewide for every Pennsylvanian by one-third.

The sales tax today is a testament to the power of lobbyists and special interests. There is little rhyme or reason why we tax some items or services and wholly exempt others, except that in years past someone lobbied to secure favored treatment for themselves. My proposal calls for the elimination of these loopholes so that everyone pays his or her fair share of the sales tax.

Source: Pennsylvania 2010 State of the State Address Feb 9, 2010

Everett Stern: Large companies should pay taxes like smaller businesses

I intend to press for a restructuring of the outsourcing of our manufacturing by introducing a special tax on companies that move more than 15% of their production overseas and a requirement that funds held in offshore accounts be returned. Large companies should pay taxes just as our smaller and medium size businesses.
Source: 2021 Pennsylvania Senate campaign website EverettStern.com Jun 20, 2021

Jeff Bartos: Cut spending and waste, give working families tax breaks

Jeff will cut Washington's spending and eliminate bureaucratic waste. Washington doesn't have a revenue problem, it has a spending and mismanagement problem. Jeff believes that first and foremost, Washington needs to cut spending, eliminate bureaucratic waste and pass those savings on to working families with tax breaks.
Source: 2022 Pennsylvania Senate campaign website JeffBartos.com Jul 19, 2021

Ken Krawchuk: Pledged to veto every tax increase.

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Higher taxes on the wealthy"?

A: Oppose. I've pledged to veto every tax increase.

Source: OnTheIssues interview: 2018 Pennsylvania Governor candidate May 18, 2018

Joe Gale: Politicians smother us with money grab after money grab

Just when Montgomery County families and businesses thought it could not get any worse, the Democrat County Commissioners are enacting a 5% property tax increase. Tthere appears to be two sets of rules: one for the people and another for the partisan politicians and policy wonks who exempt themselves from their own mandates to smother their constituents with money grab after money grab in order to feed their giant egos, subsidize their bloated budgets and bankroll their extravagant spending.
Source: Philly Voice on 2022 Pennsylvania Gubernatorial race Dec 15, 2020

Josh Shapiro: We need to lower taxes, close loopholes, increase wages

Shapiro said Pennsylvania's 9.99% corporate net income tax rate -- the second highest in the country -- is too high and "holds businesses back." He didn't specify a preferred rate. "At the same time we have too many loopholes that they take advantage of," Shapiro said. "We need to lower taxes, close loopholes and simultaneously invest in our workforce by increasing wages."
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer on 2022 Pennsylvania Governor race Oct 13, 2021

Josh Shapiro: Eliminate the state cell phone tax, expand property rebates

He'll eliminate the state cell phone tax--specifically, the gross receipt and sales tax on cell phone service. By eliminating this 11% state tax, we can reduce Pennsylvanians' tax burden by $317 million and save folks money on their monthly cell phone bill. Lastly, Josh will lower household costs by expanding the Property Tax and Rent Rebate program, increasing the maximum rebate to $1,000 and making the program available to over 275,000 more eligible people.
Source: 2022 Pennsylvania Governor campaign website JoshShapiro.org May 18, 2022

Malcolm Kenyatta: Require online retailers to collect & remit local sales tax

Two Pennsylvania state representatives are proposing a change to the state's online sales tax law to level the playing field between local businesses and online retailers like Amazon. "Purchases from online retailers that do not collect or remit local sales tax are detrimental to companies in our areas that employ our local employees, pay our local taxes, and ultimately fuel our local economies," Kenyatta said. "This tax loophole comes at the peril of our commonwealth's most populous counties."
Source: NorthCentralPA.com on 2022 Pennsylvania Senate race Jul 24, 2020

Mehmet Oz: I believe in capitalism which means lower taxes, regulations

I believe in capitalism, which means lower taxes and regulations, so people can really compete, and I respect the Constitution, a brilliantly written document that I think should be honored on the bench, and sometimes isn't. We have free market solutions that work.
Source: FOX News Hannity on 2022 Pennsylvania Senate race Nov 30, 2021

Pete Buttigieg: Move from fuel taxes to mileage fees to fund roads

The federal government paid for its share of the road network using proceeds from a federal gas tax. That money was put in a special "trust fund." Congress hasn't raised the per-gallon rates since 1993. Meanwhile, vehicles are becoming more fuel efficient, meaning people have to buy less gas per mile that their cars travel. The trust fund went broke. When Buttigieg ran for president, he said USDOT should come up with a way to move from fuel taxes to mileage fees.
Source: Pennsylvania Capital-Star on Biden Cabinet Dec 26, 2020

Tom Corbett: Tax increases choke growth; tax people less

Tax increases choke growth. Every credible study on the subject has taught us this: the states that have grown the fastest, attracted the most jobs, have stayed out of the way. If you tax less, people will see the point in earning more. If you regulate more sensibly, businesses will be able to maneuver in the turns of tight economies. The third reason not to increase taxes is pretty simple. The voters said no. We are four months out from the election that sent us here.
Source: 2011 State of the State speech to Pennsylvania legislature Mar 8, 2011

Tom Corbett: Tax increases choke growth; tax people less

Tax increases choke growth. Every credible study on the subject has taught us this: the states that have grown the fastest, attracted the most jobs, have stayed out of the way. If you tax less, people will see the point in earning more. If you regulate more sensibly, businesses will be able to maneuver in the turns of tight economies. The third reason not to increase taxes is pretty simple. The voters said no. We are four months out from the election that sent us here. It was run on a three part theme: jobs, jobs and jobs. And every time someone was asked about new taxes they gave a three part answer: no, no and no. It's time to connect the dots. So, to the people of Pennsylvania, the taxpayers who sent us here, I want to say something you haven't heard often enough from this building: We get the picture. It's your money.
Source: 2011 State of the State speech to Pennsylvania legislature Mar 8, 2011

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.