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Letter to the editor: What’s fair share in Pa.?

It always amazes me when a political party can take both sides of an argument. We hear the Democratic Party talk about corporations, the 1 percent and, here in Pennsylvania, natural gas drillers not paying their fair share. When questioned, no one seems to specify what fair-share tax rates should be.

Now, we have a campaign ad starring Eleanor Guerriero of Levittown, Pa., complaining about being called greedy by a Republican. If Guerriero is in a similar situation to me, by all means, let’s talk fair share. Her Social Security — not taxed in Pennsylvania. Her pensions — not taxed in Pennsylvania. Her IRAs — not taxed in Pennsylvania. If you don’t make too much in your nonretirement accounts — tax forgiveness from Pennsylvania. Throw in a property/rental tax rebate if you don’t make enough. Profits from the lottery being used for senior citizens, etc.

I moved back to Pennsylvania when I retired from the Army since it had the best tax rate for retirees from all the other states where I had lived. Was it greed, or
just being smart enough to know where I could keep more of my money? My income tax liability in Pennsylvania is zero.

So Ms. Guerriero, if your sources of income are similar to mine, and your tax liability is zero, just what is your fair share? Maybe a reporter should ask her that question.

Richard C. Derbis


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