Pennsylvanians should get tax break for late budgets, lawmaker says

A bill to end live pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania is once again in the state legislature.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Should Pennsylvanians get a tax break when the legislature doesn’t pass a budget by the June 30 deadline?

A state lawmaker says he’s drafting legislation that would give money back to taxpayers when the spending plan is late.

Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny) says his bill would suspend taxes such as the personal income and corporate net income tax until a budget impasse ends.

The state would continue to collect the taxes after a late budget, but the money would be returned as a rebate when Pennsylvanians file their tax returns.

Evankovich said his proposal would give taxpayers a greater voice in the budget negotiations and provide an incentive for lawmakers to reach a deal on time.

“The taxpayer has been held hostage for far too long by budget talks with no voice, and in the end are often left with less money in their paychecks once a spending plan is enacted,” he said in a statement. “My bill would give the taxpayer a say in negotiations and help drive both parties to the table for a real solution.”

Evankovich said he’s seeking co-sponsors for the legislation. He plans to introduce his proposal in the coming weeks.

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