Tax Fairness: An Answer to Pennsylvania’s Budget Problems

Stephen Herzenberg
Publication Date: 
March 11, 2015

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In Pennsylvania, the very highest-income residents are getting richer: the top one percent of taxpayers—those who earned average income of $1.07 million in 2012—now get a fifth of all the state’s income. They also pay less of their income in taxes than everyone else—less than half the rate of the middle class. If these high income earners paid taxes at the same rate as middle-class Pennsylvanians, the commonwealth could solve many of its budget problems—raising $3.75 billion a year for education, infrastructure, health care, pensions and job creation.

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