Philadelphia Taxes: Past, Present, Future

Date: May 3, 2013

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 115-A
13th & Arch Streets (enter at NW corner)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107


Philadelphia's local taxes will be the subject of a half-day symposium featuring tax-policy experts, business and community leaders, government officials, and a group of bi-partisan city and state elected officials. A first panel discussion, moderated by Steve Highsmith, host of NBC 10's weekly program, NBC10 @Issue, will focus on Philadelphia's tax structure, tax policy, and various ideas for changing them. The second panel discussion, moderated by Sandy Shea, editorial page editor of the Philadelphia Daily News, will provide perspectives on political aspects of tax policy choices. The distinguished panelists will include:

  • Hon. Bill Green, Chair, Committee on Finance, Philadelphia City Council
  • Hon. David Oh, Chair, Committee on Global Opportunities and the Creative/Innovative Economy, Philadelphia City Council
  • Hon. Vincent J. Hughes, Democratic Chair, Appropriations Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
  • Hon. Cherelle L. Parker, Chair, Philadelphia Democratic Delegation, and Member, Appropriations Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Hon. John Taylor, Chair, Subcommittee on Cities and Counties of the First Class, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Hon. Anthony H. Williams, Democratic Whip, Pennsylvania Senate
  • Rob Dubow, Finance Director, City of Philadelphia
  • Robert P. Inman, Richard K. Mellon Professor, Finance, Economics, and Public Policy, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Paul R. Levy, President and CEO, Center City District
  • Joel L. Naroff, President of Naroff Economic Advisors
  • Stephen S. Tang, President and CEO, Science Center


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