Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Business Privilege Tax


What impact could the loss of 10% of the city's budget have on city services and our quality of life, if the bill to eliminate the Business Privilege Tax passes City Council and becomes law? What are more effective strategies for economic growth than cutting taxes?

Join the Civil Rights Committee
Thursday, April 7, 12:15 PM, 10th Floor Boardroom
Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street

Jonathan Stein
General Counsel, Community Legal Services; Former Member, Philadelphia Tax Reform Commission
Sharon Ward
Director of Advocacy, Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth
Beth McConnell
Executive Director, PennPIRG Education Fund

In addition, Larry Frankel, Legislative Director, ACLU of Pennsylvania, will address the meeting on the privacy and civil rights implications of the use of video-surveillance cameras as a crime fighting tool, a recent proposal of Philadelphia's District Attorney and Police Commissioner.

Lunch will be provided at no cost but please respond to the notice below
regarding lunch.

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At 9:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we eliminate the BPT, more jobs will be created? Waxman, your passion and heart is to be admired, but you're a bit misguided. This City needs jobs - the best social program going. Businesses make decisions to locate or not locate here based upon the complexity and amount of their tax burden. You should be asking yourself the price this City will pay if we don't reform our tax system.

At 12:48 AM, Blogger Charles said...

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At 11:51 AM, Blogger Ben Waxman said...

There has never been clear proof that cutting taxes creates jobs. Ever. No study, no report, nothing.

I'm all for making the tax system less complicated. However, cutting the city budget by 10% is a recipie for disaster. Our schools, services and quality of life will suffer.

At 1:24 PM, Blogger Friedman said...

The impact that the City's high tax burden and onerous BPT has on squelching job creation in Philadelphia has been well documented, (Robert Inman at Penn has researched and written on it extensively). Check out the mini-city of offices in Bala Cynwyd for physical evidence. Also, a majority of the School District's budget is funded through property taxes, not through the City's general fund. Quality of life need not suffer if more tax cuts move forward; the City has a $3 billion plus budget - there's plenty of $$ to work with. It's all about spending money more prudently and prioritizing. And yes, cleaner government would help - the City has already spent $3 million for legal bills on probe-related defense.


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