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  • Golden Oldie #2: Independence Day

    In two days we celebrate America’s 239th birthday, certainly a joyous occasion. But we have to wonder: why are the ideals put forth in the Declaration of Independence so lacking in public policy in Pennsylvania? This Brief, “Chains Around the … Continue reading

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  • Analyzing School Tax Rate Changes

    For the 2015-16 fiscal year 23 school districts have increased their property tax rates over what they levied in 2014-15 (for purposes of this analysis, we focus on 41 school districts in Allegheny County, omitting Pittsburgh Public Schools since they … Continue reading

Taxpayer Q&A

  • Boost in Hotel Tax?

    An article from the weekend covered a proposal to raise the Allegheny County hotel occupancy tax from its current 7% to 9%.  The General Assembly would have to enable such an action.  What did the Assembly do recently regarding hotel … Continue reading