Pa. House votes against school tax elimination

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to replace school property taxes with higher income and sales taxes was soundly rejected in the House of Representatives.

The Republican-controlled House shot down the measure 138 to 59 on Tuesday after about three hours of debate.

GOP conservatives led the arguments for the proposal, an amendment to an underlying bill that would allow individual school districts to end their reliance on rising property taxes that critics are driving many Pennsylvanians out of their homes.

Rep. Jim Cox, the sponsor of the amendment, acknowledged his proposal was technically flawed but urged his allies to seize a rare opportunity to cast a vote to eliminate school taxes.

Opponents called the measure ill-conceived and warned that the resulting increases in sales and incomes taxes would unfairly penalize working Pennsylvanians.

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