Calls on governor to heed Pope Benedict’s call for corporations to pay fair share of taxes
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Pittsburgh, PA – Last week, Governor Corbett implemented a tax cut that will largely benefit Pennsylvania’s wealthiest corporations. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that these tax cuts will cost the State of Pennsylvania $833,000,000 for the 2010 and 2011 tax years combined. The governor’s decision comes at a time when Pennsylvania is facing a $4 billion budget deficit. Pope Benedict and the Catholic bishops have long stressed that economic policy decisions must serve the common good.
In response to Governor Corbett’s decision, Fr. Jack O’Malley, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and labor chaplain for Pennsylvania, issued the following statement:
“At a time when Pennsylvania families will be asked to make historic sacrifices in order to balance the state’s $4 billion budget deficit, Governor Corbett is rewarding his campaign supporters with an $833 million tax break. If Governor Corbett were serious about building an economy that serves the common good, he would reverse this misbegotten decision.”
For more information about the Catholic Church's teachings on a fair economy, see Pope Benedict’s recent encyclical Caritas in Veritate:
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