CollectionsTax Policy
IN THE NEWS

Tax Policy

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
October 15, 1999 | by Michael Hinkelman, Daily News Staff Writer
City Council unanimously passed a resolution yesterday to hold public hearings on the city's current and future tax policy and to examine how that policy affects individuals and businesses. The resolution, sponsored by Councilmen Michael Nutter and James Kenney, calls on the Committee on Commerce and Economic Development, which is chaired by Nutter, to seek advice and recommendations on tax policy and tax reform from local and national financial experts. The action came only hours before Republican mayoral nominee Sam Katz unveiled his plan to cut the city's wage tax to 4 percent by the end of the next mayor's first term.
NEWS
May 12, 2011
An Inquirer article, "Version of New Jersey's new law to lure businesses has cost Pennsylvania" ( May 2,) misses the bigger picture. If Pennsylvania is to compete globally, it must have a pro-growth plan that attracts new companies to locate here and encourages those already in business here to expand operations. In other words, the state needs a tax policy that will enhance its attractiveness. More than half of all the states in the nation have passed some form of single sales factor tax apportionment, recognizing its importance in attracting, retaining, and expanding business.
NEWS
October 8, 1989 | By CALVIN TRILLIN
I'm relieved that Prince Frederick Von Anhalt has come along to explain the rationale behind the recent vote in the House of Representatives in favor of cutting the tax on capital gains. I've been trying to explain the theory of federal tax policy for years without much success. Who would have thought that all we needed to clear this up was a prince who lives in Beverly Hills? A long time ago, I tried to explain that one way to look at tax policy was as a statement of the government's values.
NEWS
February 17, 2010 | By Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Nutter administration will experiment with new tax policies to retain research-and-development firms and the growing video-gaming software industry, Mayor Nutter said yesterday. In a speech before the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Nutter announced two pilot programs aimed at making the city's vilified business-privilege tax less onerous for those two sectors. Officials said the programs didn't require City Council approval and would be introduced by the revenue commissioner in the spring as new regulations.
NEWS
August 11, 2009
ONE ISSUE always gets people talking: taxes. And on Thursday, you can talk with the people who have been charged with shaping tax policy for Philadelphia. Mayor Nutter's Task Force on Tax Policy and Economic Competitiveness holds a public hearing from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. Appointed by Nutter in February, the task force comprises corporate leaders, small-business owners, academics and union officials. They are charged with making recommendations to overhaul Philadelphia's tax system.
NEWS
December 3, 2010
THIS WEEK, City Hall was the site of two holiday miracles: from the mayor, we got the return of Christmas; and from City Council, a passionate debate about the economic future of Philadelphia. Council just spent two long days debating a radical change to Philadelphia's business taxes. Proposed by City Councilwoman Maria Quiones Sanchez and Councilman Bill Green, the bill would alter the current tax-cutting strategy and replace it with a system that they say would redistribute the burden from smaller Philadelphia-based businesses to big corporations headquartered elsewhere.
NEWS
July 3, 1990 | By MICHAEL DiBERARDINIS
One look at Philadelphia's skyline will tell you much has happened in Center City over the last 15 years. New construction has literally changed the face of downtown. But take any street and drive out of downtown and you will run into neighborhoods where the opposite has taken place. Abandonment and deterioration have literally changed the face of many city neighborhoods. Public policy has been a tool in generating economic development in Center City. Incentives like land acquisition, federal and state funds and special service programs have been effectively applied to move certain projects along.
NEWS
June 30, 1988 | By Chuck McDevitt, Special to The Inquirer
The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities has appointed Robert J. Bruce, president of Widener University in Chester, to the association's commission on tax policy. The association was founded in 1976 to initiate and support public policies promoting private colleges and universities. The committee on tax policy recommends positions on tax-related issues affecting higher education to the association's board of directors. The committee is composed of independent college presidents, representatives of state associations of independent colleges and specialists in tax policy and government relations.
NEWS
August 27, 2011 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bernard Wolfman, 87, the University of Pennsylvania Law School dean from 1970 to 1975, died of heart failure Saturday, Aug. 20, while visiting a relative in West Orange, N.J. He resided in Cambridge, Mass. Michael A. Fitts, current Penn Law dean, wrote in an appreciation on the Penn Law website: "For more than 60 years, Bernie was a highly distinguished tax academic and expert - as well as a very loyal Penn alumnus. He will be greatly missed. " Mr. Wolfman went on to be Fessenden Professor of Law at Harvard Law School from 1976 to 2007.
NEWS
May 21, 1993 | by Norman Ornstein, From the New York Times
The "hold" - the power of any senator to block a vote on a bill or a nomination for any reason - may be the purest example of unnecessary congressional power run amok. For weeks, Sen. Bill Cohen, R-Maine, put a hold on every White House appointment to the agriculture department until he obtained federal aid for Maine potato farmers last week. The Senate Republican leader, Bob Dole of Kansas, has a hold on the nomination of George Weise to be customs commissioner until the Customs Service agrees to give a career job to a Dole protege.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
May 14, 2015
IN PAST City Council races, we've always been impressed with the wide variety of candidates that come up from the neighborhoods and community activism, "regular joes" who are dedicated to public service. These contenders are not always the best qualified, but their runs represent the essence of democracy - and a refreshing counterpoint to a City Council that has often represented political dynasties as much as, if not more than, the people's business. This time around, the large slate for at-large Council seats is impressive for a different reason: They represent a level of professional accomplishment in law, business and education that could bring a strong upgrade to the city's legislative body.
NEWS
April 16, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf met behind closed doors Tuesday with Republicans who control the legislature to jump-start talks on what both sides agree will be a hard-fought deal on a state budget. In their first talks - after weeks of public promotion and pushback on both sides - Wolf met with Senate and House leaders for about a half-hour in the Capitol. No one offered details of the discussions. Republicans said they stressed the need to meet the July 1 deadline to pass a budget for the new fiscal year - a nod to Wolf's comments last week that he didn't think a deal would be reached in time.
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Rather than taking on the hard work of genuine tax reform, Congress plans to continue its sloppy approach to the issue by extending roughly 50 temporary tax breaks for another year. That sets up another crisis next year. It also means individuals and businesses can't keep accurate budgets because they don't know if their tax breaks will survive the next hostage-taking episode in Washington. The wind energy business, for example, is slumping because a key tax credit expired last year.
NEWS
October 9, 2014
HOW ABOUT some tax talk? Wait, wait, don't leave. This is important, or could be. It's a big part of the governor's race and likely to be a focus of the final debate in Pittsburgh tonight. Republican Gov. Corbett says he should be re-elected for keeping taxes low and because Democrat Tom Wolf will raise taxes - without saying how much. Wolf argues Corbett's management and tax policy hurt education, job creation and state fiscal ratings. Wolf says he just wants to make taxes fairer.
NEWS
July 31, 2014
ALTHOUGH IT'S summer and the living is easy, perhaps you've noticed extra heat on Tom Wolf from Tom Corbett, who wants Wolf to remain a cabinetmaker instead of a Cabinet-chooser. (Get it? Wolf's company makes cabinets. If elected governor, he'd choose a Cabinet. So Corbett would rather he . . . well, if you have to explain.) The heat comes from Corbett's campaign saying Wolf is hiking taxes if elected and hiding taxes to get elected. Also, Wolf lies and is a hypocrite. More on that later.
NEWS
May 8, 2014
Two qualified candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Bucks County Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick in Pennsylvania's most competitive congressional district. To their credit, both have waged civilized campaigns focused on their resum├ęs and the issues. Kevin Strouse's background as an Army Ranger and CIA analyst suggests relevant experience in national security matters. But scientist and businesswoman SHAUGHNESSY NAUGHTON 's grasp of a broad range of issues would make her a better match for Fitzpatrick in the fall.
NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The Christie administration is proposing a series of "tax policy adjustments" in its next budget to "close loopholes, increase consistency, and support fairness. " But none of them, the Christie administration says, are new taxes or tax increases. Fees and adjustments are favored terms for both parties in modern political discourse. But the tax rhetoric being used by the administration is notable, in part, because the Republican governor repeatedly attacked his Democratic rival in his reelection campaign last year for voting to raise taxes and fees "154 times" in her legislative career.
NEWS
March 14, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
MATT WOLFE, a Republican ward leader in West Philadelphia, announced his candidacy yesterday for the at-large City Council seat vacated by Bill Green. Wolfe made the announcement with about 100 supporters at the Millcreek Tavern in West Philly. Wolfe, a lawyer, is seeking his party's nomination for the special election May 20. "Philadelphia's government needs to change, and I would bring a different perspective to City Council than what's there," he said. Wolfe has a long history of community involvement, including serving as director of the Spruce Hill Community Association, serving on the board of the Friends of Clark Park and the old West Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
NEWS
July 28, 2013 | By Ed Rendell and Tom Ridge
We may have our differences, but we heartily agree that our tax code is overly complicated and inefficient, and that we need to start controlling our skyrocketing national debt. Structural tax reform can address both problems. To that end, Sen. Max Baucus (D., Mont.) and Rep. Dave Camp (R., Mich.) are coming to Philadelphia on Monday. They head the Senate and House committees responsible for tax policy, and both are committed to reforming the tax code. They are visiting cities across the country seeking support and input for the overhaul from taxpayers and business owners.
NEWS
January 2, 2013 | By Zachary A. Goldfarb, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Americans are all but certain to face a broad hike in taxes on Tuesday for the first time in at least two decades, ending a prolonged period of declining taxation that has become a defining characteristic of the American economy. Regardless of whether President Obama and Congress reach an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff, many Americans will see a higher tax bill because of the expiration of the payroll tax cut, which was enacted in 2011 as a temporary measure to boost economic growth.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
|
|
|
|
|