Wheatley, O’Neill name members of Select Subcommittee on Tax Modernization and Reform

HARRISBURG, June 27 – House Finance Committee Minority Chairman Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, and Majority Chairman Bernie O’Neill, R-Bucks, today announced the members of the House Finance Committee who have been appointed to the newly formed Select Subcommittee on Tax Modernization and Reform.

The subcommittee was established through Wheatley’s H.R. 327 to investigate and review Pennsylvania’s tax laws, explore other states’ best practices and methods for levying and collecting various taxes, and develop recommendations to encourage equitable and fair tax policy.

Five Republican and four Democratic members will serve on the subcommittee. The appointed members are:

  • Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny) – Chairman
  • Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland)
  • Rep. Michael Corr (R-Montgomery)
  • Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland)
  • Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder/Union)
  • Rep. Mary Jo Daley (D-Montgomery)
  • Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery)
  • Rep. Christopher Rabb (D-Philadelphia)
  • Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks)

“This subcommittee will perform important work, giving us ideas on how we can modernize our tax collection system,” Wheatley said. “Most importantly, my hope is for the subcommittee to delve into deeper issues than just taxing and spending, and try to determine the vision for our commonwealth in the future and how best to pay for it.”

“The members of this select subcommittee will play a crucial role in formulating sound fiscal policy for our taxpayers,” O’Neill said. “They will have the opportunity to dig deep into Pennsylvania’s complex tax laws and make recommendations to reduce the overall burden on our taxpayers without jeopardizing the stability of our state economy.”

The select subcommittee is tasked with holding hearings, calling witnesses, taking testimony, initiating any necessary investigations and submitting reports of its findings. Recommendations for appropriate legislation or other action are expected to be made to the House Finance Committee and House of Representatives by Nov. 30, 2018.

The House Finance Committee oversees matters relating to taxation and fiscal policy, investment of the commonwealth’s monies, and regulations of the Department of Revenue.