HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania state Senate is delaying a vote on legislation to completely eliminate $14 billion in school property taxes by replacing the revenue with substantially higher state taxes on sales and income.
Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said Tuesday’s vote had been postponed for a week until staff could address various issues, including ensuring that the bill would raise enough money to adequately replace the tax’s elimination.
A similar bill failed in the House two years ago, 138 to 59.
The measure itself conflicts with a week-old agreement between House and Senate Republican leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf on legislation to reduce property taxes by an additional $1.4 billion. That’s part of a wider deal to end a 5-month-old budget stalemate.
Districts would then need voter approval to raise local income taxes.