Recent Posts

GOP Surges Ahead in Polls in Wake of Kavanaugh Debacle

                ~ Liberty Planet Now that the Senate has voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court Justice, the mainstream ...

Read More

How Trump’s Son-in-Law Helped Salvage the North American Trade Zone

Reuters BY: Reuters/Washington Free Beacon OTTAWA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Robert Lighthizer was the public face of arduous, year-long talks to rework NAFTA, but ...

Read More

Integrity: What else do you have?

By Jerry Newcombe at Renew America The recent Kavanaugh kerfuffle underscores an important lesson for all of us: Your integrity is ...

Read More


Democrats mid-term mantra: Civility must die, kick, falsely accuse, smear

By Laurie Roth at Renew America All but a remote few of Democrats in any kind of leadership have been calling ...

Read More

ARREST! Mueller probe leaker slapped with charges

            Horn News A Treasury Department employee was accused Wednesday of leaking confidential banking reports of suspects charged in special counsel ...

Read More

Judicial Supremacy Runs Amok Against Census

by John & Andy Schlafly from Phyllis Schlafly Eagles A stirring rebuke of judicial supremacy is, remarkably, posted on the Department of Justice website.  Attorney ...

Read More

Shut Up, They Explain

   JOHN STOSSEL  /TCNN Gloria Alvarez, the young woman from Guatemala I wrote about last week, just got blocked by Facebook. Why? Because ...

Read More

Tucker Carlson’s eye-opening Kavanaugh BOMBSHELL

The Horn News Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation uncovered the dark underbelly of the Democratic Party and just how extremist ...

Read More

“A Truly Constitutionalist Court”: Conservative Groups Celebrate Kavanaugh’s Confirmation

Posted By: adminon: TotalConservative While the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh was an obvious win for Republicans and the Trump administration, prevailing over the ...

Read More

[NEW Edition] Your Top Weekly Immigration News & Updates!

          FAIR's Dan Stein and Matt O'Brien Discuss Federal Judge Blocking Trump's Approach to TPS FB Live ft. Dan Stein & Matt ...

Read More

Latest News


PA New Taxes–Bulletin from The Commonwealth Foundation

Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives
Line spacer

Monday, August 1, 2016

Line spacer
Dear CF Friend,

This weekend did you:

a.) Watch a show on Netflix
b.) Stream music on Spotify
c.) Download an app or song on your smart phone
d.) Read a book on your Kindle
e.) All of the above

Welcome to August, Pennsylvanians. You’re now taxed on all of that.

Though if none of those taxes put you out of business, consider yourself lucky. Along with digital downloads and streaming services, lawmakers included a new tax on electronic cigarettes in their recent $650 million tax hike. Between 320-350 vape shop owners are facing massive taxes that threaten their livelihood and the jobs they’ve created.

Chris Hughes has owned Fat Cat Vapor Shop for almost three years. The shop specializes in electronic cigarettes, which many people seek as a healthier alternative to traditional smoking.

“I went into business to help people,” Chris said, but his capacity to help others is now in jeopardy.

Included in the new tax package, the state Legislature added a 40 percent excise tax on Chris’s vape shop and others like it. Worse, the tax is retroactive—he must also pay the tax on inventory he bought well before any votes.

According to Chris’s estimates, this will cost him up to $40,000. “I just can’t afford that. This tax is forcing me to close my business.”

Lawmakers should come back to Harrisburg and repeal the excise tax. Any revenue lost could be offset by cutting spending from the $800 million of corporate welfare in the state budget.

Reducing special subsidies to save the livelihood of small business owners like Chris is a practical and moral solution to an unacceptable problem.


Bob Dick
Senior Policy Analyst

Comments are closed.


Please take our reader satisfaction poll. Please select one from each part.

View Results