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State senator holds Northeast fundraiser

  • On the campaign trail: State Sen. Anthony Williams held a fundraiser at Tio Pepe restaurant last week. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

  • On the campaign trail: State Sen. Anthony Williams held a fundraiser at Tio Pepe restaurant last week. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

State Sen. An­thony Wil­li­ams last week held a fun­draiser at Tio Pepe res­taur­ant, at 6618 Castor Ave.

Wil­li­ams, a Demo­crat, is up for re-elec­tion this year. He is ex­pec­ted to win hand­ily, per­haps with no op­pos­i­tion.

Next year, he is ex­pec­ted to run for may­or. Wil­li­ams said he has made friends across the city as he eyes a may­or­al run.

“If that con­tin­ues, I will make a de­cision some­time later in the year,” he said.

Among those at­tend­ing his fun­draiser were City Coun­cil­wo­men Maria Quinones Sanc­hez and Blondell Reyn­olds Brown; state Rep. Mark Co­hen and his op­pon­ent, Jared So­lomon; former may­or­al can­did­ate Marty Wein­berg and rep­res­ent­at­ives from the In­ter­na­tion­al Broth­er­hood of Team­sters and SEPTA.

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The Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee is fault­ing Demo­crats after a USA Today study showed that Phil­adelphia ranks second for the highest tax bur­den.

The ana­lys­is looked at in­come, prop­erty, auto­mobile and sales taxes.

“As a city gov­ern­ment, we need to en­act policies that sup­port up­ward in­come mo­bil­ity. Un­for­tu­nately, May­or Nut­ter and the Demo­crat-con­trolled City Coun­cil keep rais­ing taxes on the most vul­ner­able the work­ing and middle class who could use the ex­tra money rather than pay­ing bur­den­some taxes,” said Joe De­Fe­lice, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee.

De­Fe­lice ad­ded that high­er tax rates de­ter eco­nom­ic growth and force busi­ness to think twice about re­lo­cat­ing to Phil­adelphia and cre­at­ing much-needed jobs.

“It should be May­or Nut­ter’s top pri­or­ity to work with City Coun­cil with the goal of re­du­cing taxes on all Phil­adelphi­ans, es­pe­cially the work­ing poor,” he said. “A great first step will be rolling back the ‘tem­por­ary’ prop­erty tax hikes pro­posed by May­or Nut­ter and Demo­crats on City Coun­cil, which were due to ex­pire in 2012 but to the det­ri­ment of work­ing fam­il­ies are still with us, as well as fol­low­ing the lead of Re­pub­lic­an City Coun­cil­man Dav­id Oh, who re­cently put forth a plan to re­duce the wage and net profits tax over a peri­od of 10 years by $100 mil­lion, thus res­ult­ing in a shift in the wage tax from 3.92 per­cent in 2014 to 2.09 per­cent in 2025.” ••

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