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insistence, on Thursday, that the pending budget deal needed more recurring revenue.For the sake of closing the deal, they opted to erase sales tax exemptions, with the condition that bulk of the revenue generated from the new sales taxes be Burberry Crossbody Small
used to create a special state fund for the arts and cultural institutions.A Rendell spokesman said the governor wanted a recurring revenue source, but removing the sales tax exemption came from the Republicans.
But to a large degree, that what happened in the state budget deal.Live performing arts venues including theaters, musical performances and dance performances will have to add the state six percent sales tax to their tickets. The sales tax will also to museums and zoos. All were previously exempt from the sales tax.The move could bring Prada Document Holder in up to $120 million in state revenues.But pro sports events or movies will remain tax free, a fact that irritates some in the arts community.Local arts groups said the removal of their sales tax exemption came out of nowhere.are most disappointed that there weren any advanced discussions regarding the impact that this new tax would have on individuals and families who want to attend these cultural or live entertainment events, said Garrett Gallia, a spokesman for Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Co.would seem we ought to be promoting cultural family activities, not making them more difficult to attend.Hershey Entertainment books major concerts at Hersheypark Stadium and the Giant Center. This summer concert lineup included Bruce Springsteen, Keith Urban, and the Dave Matthews Band. Even in the recession, all three acts performed to sold out crowds.Jeff Woodward, executive director of Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, also was struggling to understand what the new tax would mean for his non profit organization.A big concern involved the fact the Harrisburg Symphony has already sold thousands of tickets for the new season that begins in two weeks. He said that collecting the tax retroactively would be a huge undertaking. State Sen. Jake Corman, R Centre, said Monday that lawmakers don intend to force arts groups to collect Burberry Wallet Overstock
the tax retroactively.Woodward noted that most arts organizations are non profit, and scraping by with small staffs and budgets.He said he was struggling to understand how movie theaters and sporting events have evaded the tax.gut feeling is this is unfair, Woodruff said, although he stressed he can judge the fairness until he learns what taxes or fees might already apply to sporting events and movies.For months, Pennsylvania arts organizations have worried about budget cuts. They said they been hurt badly by the recession.During the budget standoff, they touted the educational impact of arts related organizations, and their roles as employers and contributors to local economies.As of Monday, even the future of the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts was unclear. The council receives an allocation from the state, and distributes it to arts organizations.Gov. Ed Rendell original budget called for giving the organization about $14.5 million, which was a slight cut. But one Republican budget proposal called for zero funds.Monday, Philip Horn, the executive director, said he heard the new budget called for a $10 million allocation, but he had no way to find out.Senate Republican leaders said Monday they saw no great need to take away the sales tax exemption. They said it was prompted by Rendell Burberry Bags Macys
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