Sep. 23, 2015

HARRISBURG – Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny) is drafting legislation that provides an incentive for lawmakers to reach a budget agreement before the July 1 deadline and give Pennsylvania taxpayers a greater voice in the negotiations.

“The current budget stalemate, which has created a funding crisis for human service organizations and school districts across the Commonwealth, prompted me to work on legislation that should help to prevent similar standoffs in the future,” said Evankovich. “The taxpayer has been held hostage for far too long by budget talks with no voice, and in the end are often left with less money in their paychecks once a spending plan is enacted. My bill would give the taxpayer a say in negotiations and help drive both parties to the table for a real solution.”

Under Evankovich’s legislation, the imposition of certain “non-pass thru” taxes on the Commonwealth’s taxpayers would be suspended until the budget impasse ends. They include the Personal Income Tax and the Corporate Net Income Tax. Any of these taxes collected during the impasse period would be returned to the taxpayer as a rebate after the individual or business files a tax return in April.

Evankovich is currently seeking co-sponsors for his legislation, which he plans to introduce in the coming weeks.

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Representative Eli Evankovich
54th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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