Skip to comments.Lame duck Rendell stumps for Pennsylvania tax increase
Posted on 02/26/2010 10:22:29 AM PST by RS_Rider
Christine Bethea, owner of the art and antique store Artica in the Garfield-Friendship business district, said she pays her corporate taxes faithfully.
She didn't realize until Thursday what a rarity that is.
Bethea was among about 20 business owners gathered at a Shadyside Borders bookstore to hear Gov. Ed Rendell decry a business tax structure that lets 71 percent of companies in Pennsylvania skip out on the tax. The system needs to change, Rendell said, if the state is to avoid a budget crisis in the next two years.
"When you hear how other people are slipping through the cracks, it's irritating," Bethea said. "Taxes are fair, but only if they are shared."
Rendell said he plans to campaign around the state in coming months, to drum up support for tax law changes outlined in his Feb. 9 budget address. The state cannot trim its budget enough to overcome a projected $5.6 billion shortfall that will hit after he leaves office early next year, said Rendell, standing at the intersection of bookshelves offering weight loss and self-help advice.
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Rendell never met a tax he didn’t love. Oh, dear, so many businesses NOT paying their fair share. Fair share my arse!
“said Rendell, standing at the intersection of bookshelves offering weight loss and self-help advice.”
a picture would go a long way in expaining the subtle dig to those not from the region.
Typical lib, responds to a collection problem by raising the rate.
To stupid and lazy to go after the companies not paying the tax, he proposes to raise the rates on those who do pay.
Yeah, that always goes over well in an election year. I’m starting to wonder if dems don’t actually like the responsibility of being in power and are trying to lose to get back in the minority.
were it not for a bunch of Conservative Bitter Clingers from rural legislative districts (and our state consitution which prohibits progressive taxation of income) Rendell would no doubt have turned us into New York or New Jersey by now.
How about a couple hundred non-profits not paying their share!
He’s done after this term, thank goodness, just trying to create a little more havoc before he basks in a well funded retirement.
Remember when he vetoed his own budget?