As we begin a new year, it is time to bring Pennsylvania government, especially its form of taxation, into the 21st century. Pennsylvania's 6 percent sales tax and the 3.07 personal income tax are both regressive taxes that punish the poor and reward the rich.
The sales tax needs to be lowered, and the flat income tax needs to be replaced with a graduated income tax, which would require an amendment to the state's constitution. To accomplish this, the voters would have to elect a progressive governor and a progressive legislature in 2014.
The new governor, in addition to leading the legislature, would have to lead the voters as well. I believe that the best qualified person to accomplish this monumental task is one of our current U.S. Senators, Bob Casey, and I encourage him to consider running for governor in 2014. I am also challenging the leadership of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party to get its act together to regain control of the legislature in 2014. It would be a difficult task, but it can be done by selling necessary tax reforms to the voters.
All our neighboring states have a graduated income tax, and it is time for Pennsylvania to enact one. The state's second highest in the nation corporate income tax rate (9.9 percent) should also be lowered. Pennsylvania needs to move forward into the 21st century.
Tax reform is needed. 2014 is the time for a change, and it's as easy as ABC, Another Bob Casey, as our governor.
David L. Faust