Wheatley: Tax rates, methods would be scrutinized by new select subcommittee, with eye on system modernization

HARRISBURG, June 13 – A sweeping review of the ways Pennsylvania collects revenue would be carried out by a new subcommittee under a resolution put forth by state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, which the House Finance Committee unanimously approved today.

Wheatley said the Select Subcommittee on Tax Modernization and Reform called for by his H.R. 327 would be tasked with making a thorough review of the process, rates and methods by which the commonwealth collects revenue – and the collective impact on taxpayers.

“Each and every year, we engage in our budget process from a perspective of spending and taxing – without much review of what we are spending and taxing, or what we want to create or achieve,” said Wheatley, the Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee. “It is my hope that the work of the select subcommittee will give us an idea as to what steps we need to take to ensure that all vital services our citizens look to their government to provide are sustained.”

Wheatley added, “I believe that with the work of our select subcommittee, we can begin to change the current dynamic, looking at what it is we are trying to achieve as a commonwealth and what we expect from our government. By answering the broad questions, we can then thoroughly review our various revenue-generating mechanisms and ask: are they sustainable, are they functioning, and to what degree do we need any changes?”

Noting that such a review is not a partisan desire, Wheatley pointed out that all Democrats and Republicans voting in the House Finance Committee approved the resolution.

“The Finance Committee can often be political; however, I am very pleased that this is a bipartisan effort to take a deeper look into the Pennsylvania tax system,” Wheatley said.

House Resolution 327 now moves to the full House for a vote.