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Mr. Nutter Goes to Harrisburg
It's Our Money's Ben Waxman had a nice set of factors that might make the sales tax hike get accepted in Harrisburg called "Selling the Sales Tax," including my favorite weird rationale that started with Mrs. Verna: the higher rate will help business elsewhere.
Who thinks this will pass? Why do people think the silence has been deafening on this phase of the process? And hey, Ben, who the heck is CleanUpPhilly?
Where do we go from here? Down to the lake I fear.
For the record this is my screed on the sales tax issue right now.
The question unasked in all of this is: How in the face of declining receipts at a 7% rate, will more revenue get collected at a higher 8%? State-wide, receipts from the sales tax dropped $100 million below estimate, to about $600 million. In Philly itself the decline is 6.7%.
I am mystified at the chatter about the sales tax when it is such an inherently weak tax in a recession that is unfair to poorer people. Saying that other cities have higher sales taxes is a nifty factoid, but has nothing to do with lower to no (Delaware) sales taxes in the immediate vicinity. While people - poor people - will have to pay the sales tax on small items, like take-out food (they have limited access to grocery stores), any Philadelphian wanting to buy a big-ticket item - think the HDTV - will get it online or in Delaware. The only way this might go through is so that suburban merchants can get more business from cross-border shoppers. Yippee for Philly.