Test Drive Our New Site! We have some improvements in the works that we're excited for you to experience. Click here to try our new, faster, mobile friendly beta site. We will be maintaining our current version of the site thru the end of 2024, so you can switch back as our improvements continue.
Legislation Quick Search
06/16/2024 11:33 PM
Pennsylvania State Senate
Home / Senate Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

Senate Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

Subscribe to PaLegis Notifications

Subscribe to receive notifications of new Co-Sponsorship Memos circulated

By Member | By Date | Keyword Search

Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 17, 2020 08:47 AM
From: Senator Camera Bartolotta
To: All Senate members
Subject: Taxpayer Protection Act – Constitutional Amendment
In the near future, I will reintroduce legislation amending the Pennsylvania Constitution to establish the “Taxpayer Protection Act” to control future increases in state government spending. This legislation was Senate Bill 116 of last session and cosponsors included Senators Langerholc, Phillips-Hill, Martin, Stefano, Hutchinson, DiSanto, Mensch, J. Ward, K. Ward, Regan, Aument, Alloway and Argall.

My bill seeks to limit the growth of state spending by indexing it to two objective standards of measure, with the lower of the two determining the rate of spending. The standards of measure are:

· The average change in personal income for the three preceding calendar years, OR;
· The average inflation rate plus the average percentage change in state population over the three preceding years (with exceptions for certain extraordinary circumstances).

The Taxpayer Protection Act would allow the legislature to exceed this limit in any year with a two-thirds supermajority vote of both houses.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, thirty states operate under a tax or expenditure limitation. Pennsylvania is in the minority of states having no controls.

Because the proposal requires amending the Pennsylvania Constitution to make this change permanent, the legislation would require passage by the General Assembly in two consecutive legislative sessions before being placed on the ballot and receiving approval by voters.

Please join me in this effort by cosponsoring my proposal.

Introduced as SB286