Friday, December 28, 2012
Corbett, while visiting St. Barnabas' Crystal Conservatories for a Presents for Patients event, also speaks about the fiscal cliff and Pennsylvania's budget.
Gov. Tom Corbett—who called for more attention to mental illness in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings—would not commit Thursday to increased funding for mental health treatment. The governor said it is too early in the budget process to commit to increasing or decreasing funding for anything. His remarks came during a press conference at St. Barnabas' Crystal Conservatories in Valencia after a Presents for Patients presentation. Last week, the governor stressed the need to look at mental illness as reporters at a press conference pressed him on whether he would support an assault weapons ban. "It doesn’t matter whether it is an assault weapon or a handgun, it’s the mental illness issue that we have to work as much as we …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Revenue would be made up by higher income and sales taxes.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
As school districts across the state consider raising taxes, including Upper St. Clair, to offset cutbacks in funding from Harrisburg, a state lawmaker thinks the time has come to eliminate property taxes as a way of financing public schools, and raise the personal income and sales taxes to make up the difference. The House Finance Committee took up House Bill 1776 Monday. Sponsored by Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks, the measure would hike the sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent statewide and raise the personal income tax rate from 3.07 percent to 4 percent. In Allegheny County, the sales tax would rise to 8 percent. In addition, many goods and services currently exempt from the sales tax would be taxable under the bill, which aims to raise $10…
Monday, May 14, 2012
Why not make sure the tax your business is paying is going to the Upper St. Clair School District?
The Upper St. Clair School District is encouraging business owners—large and small—to participate in the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. The program allows businesses to direct a percentage of their state taxes to fund innovative educational programming in Upper St. Clair. Eligible businesses will get a 75 percent tax credit for donations. That tax credit increases to 90 percent if the company commits to making the same donation for two consecutive years. A business paying taxes in Pennsylvania can apply for up to $300,000 in tax credits annually. "Why would you want to send tax dollars to the state when you could send it to the school district?" said Liz Hall, director of advancement and mother of two third …