On September 22nd the associated press published an article outlining the proposed final budget plan for the state of Pennsylvania. This proposed budget among other things calls for the addition of a 6% sales tax to concert and theater tickets.
From The PA Budget Website
"$100 million from lifting the sales tax exemption on admissions costs for theater, dance, concerts and performing arts, as well as museums, historical sites, zoos and parks."
There is a specific singling out of the performance arts in this proposal. Sporting events and other forms of entertainment are not slated to receive any additional taxation in the budget proposal.
This proposal has been confirmed with the Governor's office of public liaison. As of Sept 23rd 2009 the proposal is slated to be on the Governor's desk in to weeks time in bill form for signing.
In an already crippled live performance industry and an era of limited household incomes it is important to act quickly to keep entertainment outlets affordable.
We, the undersigned, call on the elected members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, The Pennsylvania Senate, and Governor Ed Rendell to strike the proposed addition of a 6% sales tax to Concert, Theater and other performance arts tickets.
The No Sales Tax on Concert and Theatre Tickets petition to Citizens of Pennsylvania was written by Rodger Brennan and is in the category Government at GoPetition.