Maloney Votes “Yes” on House Bill 76
HARRISBURG – Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) last night voted in favor of an amendment that would have brought House Bill 76, the Property Tax Independence Act, to an up or down vote before the full House. Regrettably, a majority of House members voted against the measure.

During floor debate, Maloney took the podium to speak about property taxes, the rights of property owners, and the Constitution.

“We have heard a lot today – we have heard about past mistakes, the problems with the school funding formula, and whose fault it is,” Maloney said. “The Pennsylvania Constitution says ‘the General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth.’ It does not say homeowners should do this.”

Maloney voted to attach the language of the Property Tax Independence Act onto House Bill 1189, another property tax bill that was up for consideration by the House. House Bill 1189 would allow local school districts to enact a new Earned Income Tax and some business taxes to fund schools.

The Property Tax Independence Act would replace school district property taxes with alternate state funding sources. It would call for a 1 cent increase in the state sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. It would eliminate special interest loopholes in the state sales tax and also would increase the state income tax by a little more than a penny (1.27 percentage points).

After being introduced in March, House Bill 76 was referred to the House Finance Committee where it remains.

Maloney noted that property and property taxes have long been a topic in the General Assembly, but plan after plan – the 1971 property tax/rent rebate, the 1977 homestead exclusion, Act 50 of 1998, Act 72 of 2004, and Act 1 of 2006 – has left homeowners fearing the long arm of the taxman and a sheriff’s sale sign taped to their front door.

However, there is still hope, Maloney said. Senate Bill 76, the Property Tax Independence Act introduced by Sen. Dave Argall (R-Berks) still has a chance to pass in that body and has 23 co-sponsors. In the Senate, 26 votes are needed to pass a bill.

Representative David Maloney
130th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Charles Lardner
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