Benninghoff, Finance Committee Advance Property Tax and Business Tax Reform Bills
4/3/2012
HARRISBURG – The House Finance Committee, chaired by Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), on Monday moved three bills aimed at improving the Commonwealth’s business climate and providing property tax relief to homeowners one step closer to becoming law.

“For years, people have been talking about these important issues,” Benninghoff said. “We took action to move them forward. We overcame every obstacle thrown in our way to advance these bills to create jobs and provide property tax relief for homeowners.”

The House Finance Committee meeting began at 10 a.m. on Monday with consideration of House Bill 2150, a measure to close a business tax loophole and use the new revenues to make Pennsylvania’s business tax climate more competitive with other states.

Despite the bill’s bipartisan support – it was introduced by Reps. Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and Eugene DePasquale (D-York) – the minority party on the committee used a variety of procedural tactics in an effort to derail the legislation’s advancement.

The House Finance Committee meeting began at 10 a.m. and, after more than three hours of stall tactics by the minority party, was forced to recess due to the start of House session shortly after 1 p.m. The committee had approved the business tax reform bill, but had not yet considered the property tax relief measures.

“I think some in the minority party were hoping to run out the clock so the committee would not be able to vote on the two property tax relief bills on our agenda,” Benninghoff said.

That tactic did not work, as the committee reconvened hours later at approximately 6 p.m. to take up House Bills 2230 and 2300. House Bill 2230 would provide local school districts and municipalities with a menu of options to reduce school property taxes. House Bill 2300 would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to allow local taxing authorities to eliminate property taxes for homeowners. Currently, school districts and municipalities are only authorized to provide a 50 percent reduction in property taxes.

After hours of delay, the two property tax bills also were advanced through the committee. All three bills now head to the full House for consideration.

State Representative Kerry Benninghoff
171st District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Dan Massing
dmassing@pahousegop.com
717.772.9845
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