Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tax Maps and Pennsylvania Benchmarking

Harrisburg doings don't rise to people's attention unless things get really really bad, or involve large inflatable pigs, but some may know budget rumblings are ongoing.  Technically speaking, Pennsylvania is required to pass a budget before midnight tomorrow evening.  Funny that rarely happens.  Last year they went 101 days past their own statutory deadline, but who is counting?

These seem relevant. So let's just say someone was going to benchmark how Pennsylvania compares:

Though I wonder about some of the Tax Foundation's simplistic metrics.  According to this report of theirs from just a couple months ago Pennsylvania is listed as reassessing all real estate annually. Huh? I think that information is so misleading as to be effectively false.  How many counties in Pennsylvania reassess property annually.  We have counties that don't reassess every decade.

I guess this map is better for the more current debates going on in Harrisburg.  I'll leave it be on it's own, but also from the tax foundation. 

Might as well complete the trifecta. Here is their tabular ranking of how states compare in terms of combined state and local sales tax rates.


Anonymous BrianTH said...

At some point the state will have squeezed the last possible dollar out of gambling and gas, and will have to confront the reality that we need a progressive income tax.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 11:32:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

I think the extra cost and hassle of dealing with the PLCB should count for at least .5% of income tax.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 11:55:00 AM  

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