Office of Mayor William Peduto
Mayor William Peduto Renews Opposition To Amending State Constitution
Effort would hurt city taxpayers & hamstring efforts to cooperate with nonprofits

PITTSBURGH, PA (Jan. 26, 2015) Mayor William Peduto today made the following statement about Senate Bill 4, which seeks to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to make the Legislature the sole authority on what is a purely public charity:

“After giving this secretive and rushed legislation a review, I continue to stand with Pittsburgh’s delegation in Harrisburg and Mayors from across the state to affirm my strong opposition to it.

My administration has shown good faith by trying to come up with a local solution to the nonprofit issue in Pittsburgh, and Senate Bill 4 further stacks the deck against all communities working to find common sense solutions. Those talks have been constructive and robust, as we have focused on ways we can jointly support the city we share. But these 11th hour moves, made without full hearings or accounting, threaten to damage the fragile relationships Pittsburgh and other cities statewide have built with our nonprofit partners.

Worse yet the moves, if successful, would deal a critical blow to older Pennsylvania communities such as Pittsburgh that are struggling to pay for basic city services, which are also shared with these large institutions.

I have long been an opponent of this legislation and spoke out against it in 2013. I urge residents of Pittsburgh and other cities around the state to contact their Senators, and ask them not to approve this bill.

I fully agree with the Pennsylvania Municipal League: a higher level of scrutiny is needed to define which nonprofits deserve tax-exempt status, not a lesser one.

All we are asking for is fairness. Senate Bill 4 is in every way is the opposite.”

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