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Income Tax Increase?

Raise Sales Tax

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Dear Lowman,


The State cannot spend what it does not have. Revenues are down $3.25 Billion from last year because of shrinking economy.

Instead of reducing expenditures, instead of reducing or even eliminating spending on services and programs not essential to operation of government, instead of reducing WAMs, instead of eliminating legislative Per Diems, instead of many other cost cutting remedies that would reduce the burden on The Forgotten Taxpayer and the businesses that need profits to provide jobs and pay people and reward investors for risk and pay interest on loans necessary to operate, the Governor and the Democrats have resorted to the unimaginative, simple minded remedy: RAISE TAXES in a recession and despite the already heavy burden. Not Spending money you don't have does not seem to be a Democratic Party Policy. The Forgotten Taxpayer looks on with trepidation.
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Rendell Calls for Income Tax Increase



No surprise here. Tax Increase Proposed by Governor Rendell and the Democratic House refuse to cut spending to the only alternative is increased taxes, hammering The Forgotten Taxpayer for government's profligacy. 16% personal income tax increase and $4.5 billion over three years

Raise Sales Tax - Do Not Reduce Expenditures



Not surprising as Expenditures Exceed Revenues, the General Assembly and Governor think "tax increase", not "spending reduction". Let us see if the so called "fiscal conservatives" hold firm and insist on reducing the costs of government, costs The Forgotten Taxpayer must pay and which suck investment and spending from productive, job creating businesses, especially, small businesses.

AP Reports: Higher sales taxes may well end up in the final mix once Pennsylvania lawmakers and Gov. Ed Rendell figure out, in the coming weeks, how to navigate out of the financial crisis facing all levels of government.

"A county-by-county local option sales tax proposal was floated by Rendell in his February budget address. Since then it has been quietly percolating - and gaining momentum - while more attention has been given to proposals to raise the state income tax, legalize video poker or impose new levies on tobacco, health insurance premiums or natural gas.Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre, who chairs the Appropriations Committee, said he does not perceive significant support for the idea."Given the current economic climate, the passage of this concept is not likely," Corman said. "This is the time when we should be looking to rein in spending, not increasing taxes."


State Debt and Spending




Pennsylvania taxpayers owe $115 billion in state and local government debt.

That debt amounts to over $9,000 for every resident of Pennsylvania, or over $36,000 for the average family of four.

Pennsylvania Debt focuses on the increase four hundred million $400,000,000 in new bonded debt for drinking water and wastewater treatment systems that Pennsylvania Voters approved of at the November 4, 2008 and contains salient context for this increase in Pennsylvania residents' debt burden.

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