New Sales Tax On The Arts in Pennsylvania Looms Again

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by Citizens For The Arts In Pennsylvania

The PA budget negotiations have regressed to a degree that should be of great concern to you as a supporter of arts and culture. Senate and House Republicans have dismissed an increase in the Personal Income Tax (PIT) and, most recently, an increase in the Sales Tax, as a means to finalize a budget. Those two sources of revenue are huge, and if they are not an option, it means that many other tax options must be considered to close the deficit. Budget negotiators have predictably turned their attention to eliminating the sales tax exemption on numerous items including, but not limited to, tickets sales and admissions to performing arts venues, museums, and zoos. You will hear varying versions of what is and is not on the list for consideration, but I believe that the greater arts and cultural community would be smart to remind members of the General Assembly that imposing such a tax could have a detrimental impact upon a sector of our economy that significantly contributes to the economic vitality and quality of life in communities and cities across the commonwealth.

Citizens for the Arts in PA is asking you to contact your state senator and state representative to tell them that you do not support a potential expansion to the sales tax base that would include performing arts venues, museums, and zoos.  Many of the organizations that would be affected by this expansion are nonprofit and provide education, access, and outreach to underserved communities throughout Pennsylvania.  Contact information for your legislators can be found at http://www.citizensfortheartsinpa.org/takeactionartsculture/ and filling in your zipcode under Find Officials.  Your legislators do keep track of every phone call or email they receive on this issue so please take two minutes out of your day and make that call today.

About Steven Weisz

A Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with advanced degrees in Psychology and Education is an entrepreneur and CEO for several for-profits and non-profit corporations in the region. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology with several local Universities.

Steven is currently the CEO of Delaware Valley on Line, one of the first regional Internet Service Provides that now focuses on business-class web hosting, design, and internet marketing. He is president and founder of Rainbow Promotions Inc., a special events and entertainment agency established in the late 70’s, that services corporate and retail accounts both locally and nationally.

Steven is the Founder of PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, the largest web presence and resource for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia region, and the Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal. His involvement in the dance community extends to being Director of Graffito Works, an international platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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