Lawmaker aims to tax retirement income and food as a way to eliminate school property taxes; ‘This is not going to be an easy sell’

Jan Murphy | Tuesday, August 20, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

Rep. Frank Ryan is looking to move Pennsylvania in a direction it has resisted for decades in order to eliminate school property taxes. He wants to tax retirement income and he wants to make food and clothing subject to a sales tax.

The Lebanon County Republican discussed his proposal at a Capitol news conference on Tuesday. It calls for replacing the $15 billion that was raised from school property taxes this year – a tax deemed the most hated in Pennsylvania by far – with an assortment of new taxes.

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