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Old 11-19-2006, 02:32 PM
 
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I hear rumors that the state government wants to raise various taxes.

Like the gasoline, cigarette (I don't smoke), sales tax, and various others to help pay the improvement of the roads.

Is this true??

Thanks.
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Old 11-20-2006, 11:43 AM
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Location: Selinsgrove, PA
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I heard a rumor about gasoline taxes going up. PA is one of the (if not THE) states with the highest amount of taxes on gasoline, allegedly to fix the roads. But potholes still abound in the winter, and roadwork goes slowly at best. Rumor has it the PA state bush is the orange "road construction" sign. LOL!

I haven't heard anything about cigarette taxes or sales taxes going up. Supposedly the new "casinos" (slots parlors) will lower property taxes. I'll believe that when I see it, though.
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Old 11-20-2006, 01:17 PM
 
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I heard a rumor about gasoline taxes going up. PA is one of the (if not THE) states with the highest amount of taxes on gasoline, allegedly to fix the roads. But potholes still abound in the winter, and roadwork goes slowly at best. Rumor has it the PA state bush is the orange "road construction" sign. LOL!

I haven't heard anything about cigarette taxes or sales taxes going up. Supposedly the new "casinos" (slots parlors) will lower property taxes. I'll believe that when I see it, though.
It's sad to hear that PA wants to possibly strangle their residents like this.
I've been looking into possibly relocating into PA or CT from NJ, the trouble is both (under the current expenditure) have their financial drawbacks which hits the wallet hard enough.
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Old 11-20-2006, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Newtown Square, PA
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cigs probably, gas unlikely they were talking about repealling some of the tax when prices were around 3 bucks. sales tax unlikely actually they did expand the sales tax!! Before clothes were exempt from the sales tax, now they are not. They have talked about increasing the real estate transfer tax. currently at 2% they want to raise it to 3 or 4 percent. Actually they hope to see a nice payoff from the slots they just allowed in PA. Which they hope will also lower property taxes.
Either way PA's taxes and ins are better than NJ, not sure of CT.

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Old 11-20-2006, 01:56 PM
 
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cigs probably, gas unlikely they were talking about repealling some of the tax when prices were around 3 bucks. sales tax unlikely actually they did expand the sales tax!! Before clothes were exempt from the sales tax, now they are not. They have talked about increasing the real estate transfer tax. currently at 2% they want to raise it to 3 or 4 percent. Actually they hope to see a nice payoff from the slots they just allowed in PA. Which they hope will also lower property taxes.
Either way PA's taxes and ins are better than NJ, not sure of CT.
Do you happen to know how long ago did the expanded sales tax become effective?

This is my take of what I've experienced and understand.

Gasoline is higher in PA than is in NJ.
Insurance is lower in PA than is in NJ - agreed.
Property taxes is maybe a tad lower in PA than it is in NJ.
However in PA you have to pay that up to 1% municipality tax (I can't remember the correct name for this) that you don't in NJ.
Also some other small tax I think up to $52.00 in PA that does'nt exist in NJ.
Maybe it's me but it seems there's alot of traffic tieups no matter what time of day in the Philly region and surrounding counties.

I love PA and most of the people.


Oh yes let me briefly mention about CT - in CT you have to pay tax on your automobiles, boats, and real estate EVERY SINGLE YEAR and the rate is dependant on the municipality you live in that they use what they call a MILL RATE. Also motor vehicle fees are alot higher there than in PA and NJ combined.
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Old 11-20-2006, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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That is one reason why i left PA when i did. The taxes were getting terrible. Now i go back home and people tell me all the time how bad it is. I believe that this is a nation wide thing though, most states are seeing tax increases. PA is not near as bad as CT, New York or Mass. but there are other states out there that are much lower than Pennsylvania.
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Old 11-20-2006, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Newtown Square, PA
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i think that sales tax expansion went into effect jan 2005!??!
gas is higher here for sure and you have to pump it yourself. we have a high gas tax 1 reason they talked about lowering it when the price was up around 3.00. Property taxes are lower here except for parts of S. Jersey. As are prices for homes. Again the big problem is N. Jersey being close to NY brings that avg up for jersey. Some towns/townships have the 1% occupation tax not all!!! also some areas charge the 52 tax on persons working in that area, some not all. Traffic is bad everywhere, rush hour it's always backed up true.
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Old 11-20-2006, 05:46 PM
 
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I retrieved this from the Allentown Morning Call. The Governor has to review and says he will respond quickly. Keep in mind some of the taxes that are slated to go up have already been taged in some of the proposed property tax relief plans.

Key recommendations of the Transportation Funding and Reform Commission:

HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES:
--Raise $900 million for state-owned highways and bridges by increasing oil franchise tax on the wholesale price of gasoline by 11.5 cents per gallon and increasing motor vehicle registration and license fees.
--Raise $65 million for highways and bridges owned by counties and municipalities with one-cent increase in oil franchise tax.
--Save $120 million through measures such as streamlined project planning, better maintenance and preservation, and linking land use and transportation.

MASS TRANSIT:
--Raise $760 million for mass transit, with 75 percent from the state and 25 percent from counties and municipalities.
--Increase realty transfer tax from 1 percent to 1.89 percent to raise state's share.
--Enable counties and municipalities to raise their share through a 0.25 percent local sales tax, 0.20 percent earned-income tax, or 0.5 percent realty transfer tax.
-- Replace $589 million in current mass-transit revenue sources with existing revenue from state sales or personal-income tax.
--Save $60 million through measures such as restructuring or eliminating routes with low ridership, reducing labor and management costs, and encouraging the use of private contractors, and revising fare policies.
--Ease mass-transit tax burden by exploring public-private partnerships and finance capital projects through borrowing.
--Distribute subsidies for operating costs based on formula using passengers and vehicle hours.
--Give state transportation officials authority to review transit-agency performance.
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Source: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
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Old 11-20-2006, 08:58 PM
 
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I retrieved this from the Allentown Morning Call. The Governor has to review and says he will respond quickly. Keep in mind some of the taxes that are slated to go up have already been taged in some of the proposed property tax relief plans.

Key recommendations of the Transportation Funding and Reform Commission:

HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES:
--Raise $900 million for state-owned highways and bridges by increasing oil franchise tax on the wholesale price of gasoline by 11.5 cents per gallon and increasing motor vehicle registration and license fees.
--Raise $65 million for highways and bridges owned by counties and municipalities with one-cent increase in oil franchise tax.
--Save $120 million through measures such as streamlined project planning, better maintenance and preservation, and linking land use and transportation.

MASS TRANSIT:
--Raise $760 million for mass transit, with 75 percent from the state and 25 percent from counties and municipalities.
--Increase realty transfer tax from 1 percent to 1.89 percent to raise state's share.
--Enable counties and municipalities to raise their share through a 0.25 percent local sales tax, 0.20 percent earned-income tax, or 0.5 percent realty transfer tax.
-- Replace $589 million in current mass-transit revenue sources with existing revenue from state sales or personal-income tax.
--Save $60 million through measures such as restructuring or eliminating routes with low ridership, reducing labor and management costs, and encouraging the use of private contractors, and revising fare policies.
--Ease mass-transit tax burden by exploring public-private partnerships and finance capital projects through borrowing.
--Distribute subsidies for operating costs based on formula using passengers and vehicle hours.
--Give state transportation officials authority to review transit-agency performance.
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Source: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

If these proposals are to be put into effect all I have to say - OUCH!

They'll be many more people that'll move out of PA, even NJ would look pretty good if these proposals took effect.

11.5 cent increase on the wholesale price of gasoline will make it at least a 15 cent increase at the pump and then you have to deal with the various other increases as well.
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Old 11-20-2006, 11:35 PM
 
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If these proposals are to be put into effect all I have to say - OUCH!

They'll be many more people that'll move out of PA, even NJ would look pretty good if these proposals took effect.

11.5 cent increase on the wholesale price of gasoline will make it at least a 15 cent increase at the pump and then you have to deal with the various other increases as well.
Hi, Delaware should be a good place, no taxes there. My son-in-law said when he was in the service there he paid none. I lost my job due to illness and worked for a temp agency for a while. They didn't take all the taxes off my check so I had to pay every 4 quarters. But my husband had to start taking an extra $30.00 off his paychecks to make up the difference at the end of the year. He still takes if off and I haven't worked for a couple years now. He smoked a lot before but the last time I think he said the tax put on cigarettes was like $.50 and now he is down to a pack every couple days. Also they just started taking the $52.00 off, can be paid in one lump sum or taken off over the year. And the $10.00 privelege tax to work in the county. Think that was $10.00 a year. Gas was down to $2.17 at most of the gas stations. I don't like to pump and we have one in the area that is still full service so I go there and he only charges .02 more per gallon. But now it is on the way back up. They just raised the minimum wage in PA, to take effect in a couple years. Such a shame they couldn't give more, take some of the benefits from the State Representatives, Senators and Judges and let them pay there own way, then they could give a bigger minimum wage. Also with colleges in the area increasing costs to get in a lot of the families can not afford to go and with loss of jobs in the areas they are stuck in minimum wage jobs. It is a BIG circle!!
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