At a time when Washington is cutting a wide array of critical services; from food for nursing women and infants to heating assistance for seniors, policymakers continue to look the other way when it comes to tax loopholes.
Many Pennsylvanians will grumble this week as they race to file their tax returns on time. Others will be laughing all the way to the bank. In a recent op-ed, PBPC Director Sharon Ward writes the time has come to close tax loopholes and end special interest tax breaks.
"If you have children or pay property taxes in Pennsylvania, Gov. Corbett's budget proposal should trouble you," Sharon Ward writes. "His budget cuts public school aid by a billion dollars, setting funding back three years."
Gov.-elect Tom Corbett and the new Legislature will face big fiscal challenges when they take office in January, writes Sharon Ward in a new commentary. They would be wise to remember that states, like businesses, must invest to grow.
"It has taken 150 years, but perhaps lawmakers will finally heed the lessons of other mineral-blessed states - that it is their job to protect the interests of Pennsylvanians and that thriving industries can co-exist with responsible environmental regulation and a sensible tax," Sharon Ward writes.
"Fall is approaching after a smoky summer. There were massive wildfires in Russia and Colorado," Sharon Ward writes. "And then there was Harrisburg, where state lawmakers are contemplating the rules and tax structure governing natural gas extraction from Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale."