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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Rendell Would Expand PA Sales Tax To Darn Near Everything

Rendell budget plan: Shave sales tax, widen its scope

HARRISBURG - Gov. Rendell today unveiled a $29 billion state budget for fiscal 2010-11 that would trim the state sales tax but make it apply to dozens of previously tax-exempt items and services, from lawyers to licorice.

The overall budget plan - the last for the Democratic governor - counts on more than $2.7 billion in continued federal stimulus money and, as a result, would increase overall spending by 4.1 percent from the state's current levels.

Basic education subsidies to Pennsylvania's public schools would jump 6.4 percent, or $355 million, under the governor's fiscal blueprint.

In a speech to a joint session of the General Assembly this morning, Rendell called the spending package "a budget that works."

"It balances the needs of our citizens with the financial pressures that the national economic downturn has imposed," he said. "It readies our young people and businesses for the opportunities a reviving economy will bring."

To offset a decline in federal stimulus dollars, Rendell is asking the legislature to rewrite the state's sales tax structure, reducing it from 6 to 4 percent but making it apply to a host of products and services that have been tax-free.

Among the proposed 74 things Rendell would tax are personal hygiene products, candy and gum, dry cleaning, legal services and newspapers. Food and clothing and services such as health care and tuition would remain untaxed. More...


Anonymous said...

So once again the problem in their little minds is WE ARE NOT PAYING ENOUGH TAXES. Could the problem lie in the legislators?

Duane Fry said...

You make cuts causing even hospitals to make cutbacks on thier employees wages to keep afloat. I think maybe you need to give up 30% of your salery and get rid of wasted State officails who drink coffee all day talking about how nice they have it with state pensions and retirement plans. You need to get rid of the top state level dead wood and turn that wood pulp into stimulus money. I can guarentee I will not be voting for you again.

Anonymous said...

Read the whole article via the links. FIREWOOD WILL BE TAXED IF IT PASSES (and coal).

Anonymous said...

This FAT CAT needs to removed from office.

Oz said...

This Fat Cat is in his last term, he can not run again thank heavens for that!

We had better clean house people, vote for smaller government, not larger government with more state appointed jobs...this is the reason they keep wanting to tax more items. Lowering the % is just to make it look good! Idiots for sure!

Anonymous said...

No tax on the firewood I sell---just call me Mr.Cash

Anonymous said...

"No tax on the firewood I sell---just call me Mr.Cash"

Till you piss someone off anf they turn you in.

Anonymous said...

First off, Duane Fry you have proven again that you are as real as it gets with your comment here.
Second off, Rendell's idea of a wellhead tax for natural gas makes sense but the energy giants will buy enough votes in the legislature to kill it off.
Just watch.
Keep it coming Duane.

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Anonymous said...

Working "under the table" may be fine now MR KING, but it will suck big time when you want to retire and expect a retirement check as big as the money you hid over the years.

Anonymous said...

Thats funny! Who said I made a LIVING under the table? I also hold a job with retirement benefits, from which I will draw when I retire. And god willing, continue to tinker and make mad money on the side doing whatever I can. Best regards, Mr.Cash

Anonymous said...

Consumption tax would put a bunch in the knickers of the drug lords and dealers, hookers and pimps, and the mafia.