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Jun. 12, 2017 10:57 am

Philly tech execs went to Harrisburg to lobby against Pa.’s proposed ‘Tech Tax’

PACT organized the field trip of sorts in partnership with the Pittsburgh Technology Council.

This is what lobbying looks like.

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How do you know PACT Chairman cares about Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed “Tech Tax”? He broke a year of Twitter silence for it:

Alongside the Pittsburgh Technology Council, PACT rallied eight tech execs from the Philly area and headed to Harrisburg last Tuesday. The goal? Speaking out against the proposed rehashing of a six-percent sales tax on computer services and software found in the commonwealth’s latest budget proposal.

Here’s the list of Philly folks that headed to the capitol (including more than a couple familiar names):

  • Chris Cera, Arcweb Technologies
  • Rich Napoli, ObjectFrontier
  • Chris Schalleur, Christo IT Consulting
  • Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg, ZivTech
  • Lauren Schwartz, TechWise Group
  • Greg Sterndale, PromptWorks
  • Dawn McDougall, Operations Manager, PromptWorks
  • Matthew Donegan, Senior Technical Architect, Strava Technology Group

“PACT opposes the proposed Pennsylvania Technology Tax,” Miller said. “If adopted, this tax will impact nearly every business in the Commonwealth. We are in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Technology Council in the effort to fight against this proposal. We encourage PACT members to contact their local state legislators to show support in opposition of the newly proposed tech tax by sending letters and direct calls.”

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For more on the proposal, here’s our interview with a recovering Councilman David Oh, who’s definitely not having any of this new tax talk.

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Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Technical.ly Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to Technical.ly and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.

  • Henry Paradiz

    This is going to increase taxes on individuals who work under a 1099 by so much that considering doing business out of Pennsylvania becomes untenable. By the way these people are already paying Philly wage tax, PA income tax, and federal income tax. Another 6% would effectively tax tech at 40% which is insane.

  • Small Biz Philly

    Can these small business owners help swing the vote either way?

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