|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