Panels set hearing on Harrisburg’s Act 47 exit

Harrisburg

House lawmakers will hold a hearing this week on legislation that would allow Harrisburg to exit Act 47 with its taxing authority.

Tuesday’s hearing is before the House Finance, Local Government and Urban Affairs committees.

Under the state oversight program for financially distressed cities, Harrisburg residents pay a higher earned income tax and people who work in the city pay a higher local services tax. 

House Speaker Mike Turzai has said if Act 47 is ending, the higher taxes should end as well.

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse has said losing $12 million in annual revenue from the higher taxes would leave the city broke.

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