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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 3, 2017 02:11 PM
From: Senator John DiSanto and Sen. Mike Folmer
To: All Senate members
Subject: Tax Limitation Amendment
In the near future, I will introduce a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds vote of the General Assembly to increase taxes. This amendment is required to protect taxpayers from the tax and spend culture that pervades state government.

Our nation's constitution calls for supermajority votes on a number of matters and our Bill of Rights provides protections to individuals from tyranny of the majority. A tax limitation amendment would offer similar protections by preventing a narrow majority of the legislature from imposing additional taxes on already overtaxed Pennsylvanians.

More than 30 states operate under tax or expenditure limitations, making Pennsylvania in the minority of states with no such controls.

Historically, the legislature has been increasing taxes on our citizens instead of reforming government and controlling spending. As a result, Pennsylvanians now shoulder the 15th highest state and local tax burden in the country.

Please join me in cosponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as SB489