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Editorial: Remove menstrual product taxes

Unlike the United States as a whole, many countries have already stopped taxing menstrual products and acknowledged them as necessities.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 17, 2019

Taxing them as if they are a choice is inherently discriminatory and dangerous. Pennsylvania — along with all other states — should cut the tax.

Editorial: Pittsburgh voters will be unfairly blamed if parks don’t improve after tax increase

Pittsburgh residents voted in favor of a referendum that will generate money for improvements in Pittsburgh's 165 City parks in the Nov. 5 election.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 10, 2019

The actual plan for park improvement is vague, and if the new tax doesn’t cultivate change in parks, Pittsburgh voters could be blamed. But they shouldn’t be.

Elizabeth Warren’s “lobbyist tax” attacks First Amendment in more ways than one

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., plans to institute a tax on “excessive lobbying,” in an attempt to limit impacts on decision makers by lobbying organizations.

By Michael Clifford, Staff Columnist

October 16, 2019

Warren’s idea is more than an ineffective proposal to curtail government corruption by limiting advocacy spending by organizations.

Senate Council takes issue with proposed federal tax bill

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said he disapproves of the possibility of a new federal tax bill at Wednesday’s Senate Council meeting. (Photo by Christian Snyder | Contributing Editor)

By David Solomon | For The Pitt News

November 16, 2017

The Senate Council started off with heartfelt “goodbyes” to Provost Patricia Beeson, whose hard work Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and other Senate Council members praised. “Her role for the University and for me has been tremendous,” Chancellor Gallagher said. “This will be a year-long ...

Editorial: PA ballot question doesn’t solve property tax problem

Becky Cunningham casts her ballot at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in State College, Pa., April 26, 2016. (Nabil K. Mark/Centre Daily Times/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 9, 2017

If you voted Tuesday in Pennsylvania’s election, you were presented with an interesting ballot question — should the state legislature allow local taxing authorities to exempt 100 percent of any family’s primary residence value when collecting taxes? Pennsylvania voted yes by a margin of 54 to 46 percent, effe...

Editorial: Paradise Papers demand transparent tax reform

New published reports are showing how some corporations, like Apple, lowered their tax bills. (Dreamstime)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 8, 2017

What do Nike, George Soros, Facebook, Queen Elizabeth II, Apple, Bono and the Kremlin have in common? Their allegedly evasive financial maneuvers were exposed Nov. 5 in a massive project called the Paradise Papers. Ring a bell? Just like the 2015 Panama Papers, Sunday’s trove of documents was leaked by the International Consortium of Invest...

Editorial: Trump’s big, empty tax promises

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the White House on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 in Washington D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 12, 2017

President Donald Trump visited Harrisburg Wednesday, Oct. 11 to discuss his plans for tax reform in front of a crowd of roughly 1,000 people. The crowd comprised mostly of truckers and small manufacturing business owners — the types of people Trump promised to help while campaigning for the presiden...

Pitt announces finances, top employee earners

Former basketball coach Jamie Dixon topped Pitt's 2016 salary disclosure. (Photo by Theo Schwarz/Senior Staff Photographer)

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

June 13, 2017

Pitt’s annual financial disclosure, which it released last month in compliance with the Right to Know Law, revealed a pay structure with University athletics once again at the top. The University, which legally qualifies as a non-profit organization exempt from tax, nevertheless must still file a publi...

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