Analysis

Pa. Court's Tax Law Reprieve May Fuel Political Maneuvering

By Matt Fair (January 27, 2017, 4:47 PM EST) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court this month may have acted within a tradition of deference to the legislative branch when it gave lawmakers an extension to fix an unconstitutional tax scheme for casinos, but some attorneys fear the ruling could enable dysfunction in the General Assembly and prompt future attempts at bargaining over court orders.

Concerns that the ruling improperly enmeshed the judicial and legislative branches were raised by Justice David Wecht in an opinion dissenting from the court's grant of the extension last Friday, and attorneys agree his worries are valid.

"I think it's a reasonable concern when one kind of...

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