Diverse Coalition of Business Groups, Advocates for Schools and Low-Income Families Sign Letter Opposing Property Tax Elimination Bill

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

To: Members of the Finance Committee of the Senate of Pennsylvania

From: Concerned organizations

RE: Opposition to Senate Bill 76


We, the undersigned organizations, are opposed to Senate Bill 76. The roots of our objections are as diverse and varied as the organizations represented on this letter, reflecting a broad range of concerns and perspectives.  We are united, however, in our opposition to passage of this legislation.

Senate Bill 76 calls for a fundamental re-organization of Pennsylvania’s taxation and educational systems.  The potential negative consequences that could result from the implementation of Senate Bill 76 are vast, and many significant questions remain unanswered.  In light of these uncertainties and significant risks, the organizations listed below respectfully urge you to oppose Senate Bill 76.  

We recognize that school property taxes are a genuine concern for many across that Commonwealth, and we would like to offer our expertise and assistance to develop a responsible approach to address the financial concerns where it is most needed, using sustainable and proven strategies.

Sincerely, 

Allegheny Valley Association of Churches 

Caucus of Working Educators

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Channels Food Rescue

Coalition Against Hunger

Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, Inc.

Education Law Center of Pennsylvania

Education Voters of Pennsylvania

Feeding Pennsylvania

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank 

Hunger-Free Pennsylvania 

Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania

Just Harvest: A Center for Action Against Hunger 

Keystone Progress

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania

Manufacturer and Business Association

Mid-Atlantic Community Papers Association

National Council of Jewish Women, PA

National Federation of Independent Business

Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators

Pennsylvania Bankers Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence 

Pennsylvania Coalition to End Homelessness

Pennsylvania Council of Churches

Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association

Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs 

Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association

Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association

Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association

Pennsylvania Retailers' Association

Pennsylvania State Education Association

Philadelphia Bar Association 

Philadelphia Education Fund

POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild)

Public Citizens for Children and Youth

Saving Communities

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania 

Service Employees International Union, Pennsylvania State Council