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IEEE-USA LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT...PA
IEEE-USA ^ | Sept 2,2005 | dat mon

Posted on 09/02/2005 1:40:24 PM PDT by Dat Mon

PA CARE Members:

IEEE-USA has just posted an informative Action Alert on HB 1920, introduced into the Pennsylvania House of Representatives earlier this year. This bill is an attempt to reform your state's sales tax to provide funds for the state's local primary and secondary schools. One of the consequences of the bill would be the imposition of a 5% sales tax on engineers within Pennsylvania.

IEEE-USA has not taken a position on the bill because we usually do not take positions on state legislation. However, it is going to impact our PA members, so we wanted you to know about it.

IEEE Members who are interested in the bill can access IEEE-USA's Legislative Action Center here: https://www.capitolconnect.com/ieee. Access the site by using your IEEE Web Account login. The Action Alert is titled "PA Tax Reform To Impact Engineers" under "Current Issues."

If you feel IEEE-USA should be more active on this bill, or if you have questions about it, please contact me.

Thank you.

Russell T. Harrison Legislative Representative - Grassroots Affairs IEEE-USA (202) 530-8326


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Technical; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: economy; engineering; ieee; pa; technology
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To: unojook
Well, it looks like the fine folks of PA agree. The lawsuit against the pay raise is going to shake the foundations!

And a lot of politicians are going to give up the raise, or give up the job.

21 posted on 09/02/2005 5:16:48 PM PDT by airborne
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To: Dat Mon
Mindboggling.

At the same time PA is supposedly trying to establish itself as a major nanotech development center in the U.S. Hopefully, any potential entreprenures will read the fine print in state law.

If anything, the situation should be completely reversed. If a state really wants to spur tech, they should give income tax breaks to people who do engineering (not their companies). I would add the caveat that the people getting the tax breaks be U.S. citizens.

Taxes should be increased on people/workers whose work output is zero-sum and not subject to international competition (lawyers principally).
22 posted on 09/02/2005 8:58:11 PM PDT by indthkr
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