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Links: Corbett’s low profile in Tampa, & a rough Monday for the state capital

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Aug 28, 2012 12:50 PM

Corbett, low-key at the RNC

Amid the crush of Republican governors, Pennsylvania’s is missing from the big stage.  No speechifying, no grip and grinning – you mean he’s not even opening for a feature act?  Tom Fitzgerald writes Gov. Corbett makes a better party workhorse than showhorse:

Vito Canuso, chairman of the Philadelphia GOP, said that he figured Corbett may have been left out because there’s already a Northeastern governor to feature: Christie.

“Chris Christie’s has the flair,” Canuso said. “Plus he’s got another year of experience and he has to deal with a Democratic legislature.”

John Baer has another explanation for why Corbett isn’t speaking at the convention:

Well, he came late to Romney, in deference to home-state former Sen. Rick Santorum, and didn't endorse Mitt until mid-April, after Santorum left the race.

In Harrisburg

City residents will see a one percent increase to the earned income tax within the next two weeks, reports the PA Independent.  The judge’s ruling came yesterday afternoon:

The current 1 percent earned income tax is split between city coffers and the Harrisburg School District.

The Pennsylvania Economy League, which subcontracts with the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development to monitor finances for Pennsylvania’s fiscally distressed municipalities, estimated that the 100 percent tax rate increase would generate $1.7 million in 2012.

Harrisburg is slated to end the year with a $12 million deficit.

The ostensibly temporary tax increase was the subject of sparring between Mayor Linda Thompson and the city controller – this from the Patriot-News:

On Wednesday Thompson's spokesman Robert Philbin said one of the goals for the mayor is to eliminate the earned income tax increase during her next term.

City Controller Dan Miller, who intends to run for mayor next year called it a “totally misleading statement,” later adding: “We know darn well it won’t (be temporary).”

The city faces an annual deficit that this year is expected to be around $13 million. The increase to the earned income tax would next $6 million and once enacted, would be required for the city moving forward, he said. Miller supports a broader commuter tax.

And, there’s nothing like a tax increase to make the news go down smoother that the new public works director was arrested and fined for drunken driving in 2006, reports the P-N.  



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