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Five finger your groceries? It's either that or pay 5 cents on each dollar of groceries you buy.
04/06/2005
The Pennsylvania legislature is moving closer and closer toward a plan that would swap out school property taxes with a 5% tax on food, clothing and most all other items presently exempt from the state sales tax. Proponents say that this will give needed relief to property owners while others call such a tax regressive and unfairly swapping the tax burden from the rich to the poor.

The passage of the bill, scheduled to be introduced to the floor of the House and Senate in June, is by no means certain. Similar proposals have been floated in the past without success, and the governor would be likely to veto any bill if it did pass.

Sixteen states have a state-wide sales tax on food. Four of those sixteen tax food at a lower rate than other goods, and 5 provide a special tax credit for low-income families to offset the sales tax. Three more allow local sales tax on food. More

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