Wage Tax Anniversary

Null Space marked the anniversary of the city’s wage tax, one of a series of government policies that seem designed to chase people out of town. This tax comes up in most polls as the number one reason people who live in the region give for not living within the city limits. The result is that in spite of hosting a major chunk of the region’s good jobs, the city is structurally insolvent.

“January 25th, marks the anniversary of Pittsburgh City Council passing the city’s first wage tax on residents in 1954. The wage tax had been pushed by the powers that be for years as a mechanism to keep the tax burden on local industry from increasing.1 That may have worked I suppose, but the consequences on residents are being felt more every year. Given how small the city of Pittsburgh is, even for those who prefer city living it is very easy to still live outside the city proper and escape some or all of the 3% combined city and school district income tax you get hit with just for living in City. I am sure there are people actually living in the city who maintain some other address outside of the city limits just to escape the tax.”

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