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State House approves plan to cut billions in property taxes

A plan to replace nearly $5 billion in the property taxes that are used to fund public education in Pennsylvania with higher sales and income taxes passed the state House on Tuesday, placing the issue squarely before lawmakers at the start of peak dealmaking season. The House voted 109-86 for a Republican-drafted plan that would raise the sales tax rate in most of the state from 6 percent to 7 percent and increase the personal income tax rate from 3.07 percent to 3.7 percent. Supporters called it a rare opportunity to act on something with wide support in their districts, while opponents warned the plan lacked a mechanism to prevent school boards from eventually returning property taxes to...

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