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Letter to the Editor
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Regarding the news story “Pennsylvania Legislature mop-up session to consider pension, school taxes, more” (Sept. 23 and TribLIVE.com): Not so fast, Mr. Turzai!

What the story calls House Majority Leader Mike Turzai's “menu of local taxes for school districts to eliminate property taxes” is unpalatable to business owners. Instead of cutting expenses like he was supposed to, he is slowly but surely seeking more taxes.

And better yet, he is slyly seeking to shift the burden to businesses! That will only hurt small businesses more than anybody.

His menu serves up the earned income tax on individuals. Good. Aren't they the ones using school districts? Businesses don't send people to elementary school.

His high-cholesterol mercantile tax and business privilege tax affect businesses that typically cannot vote in the community where they do business! Better yet, these taxes have to be paid whether or not a business is earning income. So, if the business is struggling, his two main courses put them deeper in the hole.

You may think the property tax is unfair, but at least it is spread across all property owners in a municipality. The business taxes shift all the burden to the businesses.

Have the guts. Make the cuts.

Michael Pochan

North Huntingdon

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