Graduated income tax is fairest taxation method

To the editor:

The latest state budget impasse may have been a blessing in disguise in that we learned that we have been sending too much tax money to Harrisburg and not keeping enough here to fund our public schools and those programs funded by the county government.

We may have learned that we don’t need increases in the state’s flat rate personal income tax or in the state’s sales tax, both of which impact harder on low-income workers. We may have learned that we don’t need unfair per capita taxes, earned income taxes on workers, real estate property taxes, real estate transfer taxes or other unfair local taxes.

The state’s latest budget impasse may have taught us that we don’t need Harrisburg to take our money and then redistribute much less back to us. We may have finally learned that what we need most is a fairer system of taxation based on personal income at the state, county and local levels of government and for the public schools, too.

Of course, that fairer method of taxation is a graduated personal income tax system, without any deductions whatsoever. Unfortunately, this would require a change in the state’s constitution and would need bipartisan support in Harrisburg.

Can the governor and the legislature work together to do what’s best in the interests of all Pennsylvanians? Time will tell.

David L. Faust