End of Year Legislative Recap
Dear PPA Members,
In 2016, the Pennsylvania state government faced a serious budget deficit. Right up to the July passage of the budget, legislators were considering a wide range of tax options. In previous years with large budget deficits a sales tax on residential heating oil surfaced which the PPA was successfully able to derail. During the same period, sales taxes were imposed on several services provided by our members which PPA worked to successfully repeal.
The 2017 fiscal year looks to be an even more difficult budget process. Local property tax reform has eluded a legislative solution for decades. There are signs that the General Assembly will be considering the issue early in the upcoming session. In the past, the PPA has been successful in working other business groups to prohibit local governments from proposing new mercantile or gross receipts taxes. The PPA continues to oppose any local tax reform that attempts to shift the burden of property taxes to businesses by empowering local governments to impose new commercial taxes.
The PPA will continue to diligently monitor the state budget process 24/7 with your best interests in mind. Below you will find some of the specific legislative, regulatory, and general association highlights of 2016. Thank you again for allowing us to represent you and we look forward to what 2017 has in store.
Executive Vice President