The CLEAR Coalition pledged today to work with state Reps. Eugene DePasquale and Dave Reed on their proposal to close the “Delaware Loophole” as part of an effort to make the state’s tax system more fair for all Pennsylvanians and all Pennsylvania businesses.
“Pennsylvanians understand that this loophole is fundamentally unfair. There’s no reason why small businesses and working families should pick up the tab for Wall Street and major corporations that do not want to pay their fair share,” said Mike Brunelle, State Director of SEIU and member of the CLEAR Coalition.
“Reps. DePasquale and Reed are right to focus on this issue and we support their goal of creating a level playing field—but more needs to be done.”
The CLEAR Coalition, which represents more than 1.1 million working Pennsylvanians, will urge lawmakers to use the additional revenue balance the state budget for the next two years, at the least.
“It makes no sense whatsoever to cut taxes at a time when critical services that Pennsylvanians rely on are at risk,” said Brunelle. “It is time that everyone—including big corporations—pays their fair share. We just can’t afford more cuts to our public schools, our colleges and to vital healthcare programs for seniors and our most vulnerable citizens. Families across the state are already struggling.”