January 13, 1986
As President Reagan would say, "There you go again. " In a Jan. 5 editorial, you called for a tax on domestic and imported oil. The American voters flatly rejected tax increases in the last presidential election. Disguising a tax hike within the falling price of oil doesn't make it any less a tax. Forgetting, for the moment, that additional taxes were rejected, why do you propose a regressive tax that hits poor people the hardest? Energy is not a luxury; it is a basic necessity for the rich and poor alike.
April 23, 2016 |
Philadelphia's soda tax battle has gone full-on presidential. Following comments former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made in Philadelphia Wednesday in support of Mayor Kenney's a proposed tax on sugary drinks to universal fund pre-K education, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday he's against the tax. "At a time of massive income and wealth inequality, it should be the people on top who see an increase in their taxes, not low-income and...
April 5, 1996 |
Two Delaware County women have filed suit in Delaware County Court seeking to overturn collection of the county's personal property tax, claiming it is unconstitutional. Helen Hamilton of Lansdowne and Helen Lippman of Media also seek a refund of collected taxes back to 1989 and class-action status for their suit. The tax is a 4-mill levy on stocks and bonds. Their suit is similar to one recently filed in Montgomery County. Lawyer John M. Gallagher Jr., who represents Hamilton and Lippman, is also the attorney for the Montgomery County plaintiffs.
May 20, 2004 |
Last month, I presented a resolution in Philadelphia City Council honoring the memory of Cesar E. Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers. His grandson Paul came from California to accept this honor. Chavez believed that the strongest act of humanity is to sacrifice ourselves for others. He believed that the toughest things were worth it because they had to be done. He always said "Si, se puede," which translates to "Yes, it can be done. " This simple imperative was the great moral heart of his politics - the politics of a God-fearing, God-loving man. In the spirit of Chavez, champion of migrants and other workers, I am proud to cosponsor a bill by Councilman David Cohen that would modify Philadelphia's wage and net profit tax to substantially reduce wage tax burdens on the working poor.
May 6, 1996 |
Gov. Ridge has suggested raising the tax on gasoline from 22.5 cents to 28.5 cents per gallon in order to pay for highway repairs. He apparently feels the tax should be levied in proportion to a taxpayer's use of the highways. This can be determined (or at least estimated) by the number of gallons of gasoline a consumer purchases. This seems fair, but is it? There are three basic classifications for taxes: progressive, regressive and proportional. Progressive taxes are ones in which the tax rate (not just the tax dollars)
April 11, 2002
THE MAYOR is defending our wage tax - the most indefensible anti-poor, anti-development, anti-growth component of our city economy - by warning that any serious tax-cutting threatens neighborhood services and uniformed personnel. The mayor may have hired a PR agent to appear more open to the public, but his eyes are still firmly shut on this issue. This regressive tax is also the single greatest disincentive for growth in the Philadelphia economy. But go ahead, Mayor Street, keep the wage tax!
April 30, 2016
ISSUE | SODA TAX Clinton playing politics with city taxpayers Hillary Clinton's support of Mayor Kenney's regressive 3-cents-an-ounce sugary-drinks tax is misguided ("Clinton, Cruz bring campaigns to Pa.," April 21). We sincerely doubt that she was made aware of the significant loss of family-sustaining jobs that will result if this outrageous tax is passed. Similarly, Clinton likely has no idea that the projected revenues from the tax will never come to fruition due to the precipitous decline in sales of sugar-sweetened drinks that will occur and the underground markets that will arise if the tax proposal becomes law. Keep in mind that Kenney endorsed Clinton for president.
December 16, 2015 |
TRENTON - A Republican state senator unveiled a plan Monday to replenish New Jersey's near-depleted transportation fund without raising the tax on gasoline. Sen. Jennifer Beck (R., Monmouth) said a combination of economic growth based on conservative revenue projections, scaling back public employees' health benefits as Gov. Christie has called for, and increasing fines on motor vehicle violations such as texting while driving would help provide $1.6 billion annually for seven years to the Transportation Trust Fund.
November 15, 2005
On staying the course It's upsetting to see the polls for the Iraq War dropping so fast. With 2,000 Americans dead, we are losing our will to fight. Some people served when it was their turn, studied Iraq and said it was worth any sacrifice to change the regime there, and there is honor in that. Others studied history, decided this war was about profits and SUVs and went on the streets to protest before the first American died, and that is what democracy is about. But why were so many Americans comfortable sending 2,000 troops to their deaths, waving flags and yellow ribbons, but now say to come home with our tail between our legs?
March 16, 2016 |
SOMEBODY SHOOK up the soda can and it exploded in Mayor Kenney's face. On Saturday, the Inquirer reported a major flaw in the soda tax requested by Mayor Kenney: The tax on fountain drinks, which had never been mentioned, was 4.5 cents an ounce, 50 percent higher than the 3 cents-per-ounce tax he had been talking about. Ooops. (Author's warning: Many numbers ahead.) The soda tax was to pay for several desirable programs, such as universal prekindergarten and upgrading parks and rec centers, on Kenney's to-do list.