Grove, Saylor Issue Statement on Cigarette Tax Bill
YORK - Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) and Rep. Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion), both members of the House Rules Committee, commented today on the consideration of House Bill 1177, which would institute an additional tax on cigarettes to fund Philadelphia city schools. The bill would also allow some communities to use tax incentives to promote development and would allow others to levy hotel taxes. The House is scheduled to consider the bill next week. Grove and Saylor issued the following statement:

“As members of the House Rules Committee, we will not vote for any amendment which would be detrimental to the economic success of York County. The City Revitalization and Improvement Zone (CRIZ) and hotel tax for York County are important tools in creating jobs and increasing the economy of York County.

“Furthermore, we are very upset the General Assembly is once again passing on an opportunity to address school property tax reform. The underlying bill has a cigarette tax increase for Philadelphia so Philadelphia doesn’t see school property tax increases. By ignoring the remaining 99 percent of Pennsylvania, we are not providing the relief homeowners are demanding.

“This session should not be defined as ‘missed opportunities.’ The time is now to tackle these important issues and we stand ready to do so.”

Representative Seth Grove
Representative Stan Saylor
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Nick Ruffner
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