Senate delays vote on eliminating school property taxes

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania state Senate is delaying a vote on legislation to completely eliminate $14 billion in school property taxes by replacing the revenue with substantially higher state taxes on sales and income.

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said Tuesday’s vote had been postponed for a week until staff could address various issues, including ensuring that the bill would raise enough money to adequately replace the tax’s elimination.

A similar bill failed in the House two years ago, 138 to 59.

The measure itself conflicts with a week-old agreement between House and Senate Republican leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf on legislation to reduce property taxes by an additional $1.4 billion. That’s part of a wider deal to end a 5-month-old budget stalemate.

Districts would then need voter approval to raise local income taxes.

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