Legislation that would have imposed Pennsylvania's sales tax on health clubs is dead for 2014. The victory for the industry comes thanks, in large part, to the 115 messages sent from health club operators to lawmakers in Harrisburg.
Last Thursday, Senate Bill 76 (76), which finances property tax reform with an expansion of the sales tax to a number of previously untaxed services - including those provided by health clubs - was officially laid to rest.
IHRSA and our Pennsylvania lobbyist worked with club operators across Pennsylvania to help defeat SB 76. Throughout the session, fitness professionals used IHRSA's online grassroots campaign to connect with their state senator and representative and ask that they oppose SB 76.
While the victory is great news, the celebration will be short-lived. State Senator David Argall, sponsor of SB 76, and other supporters intend to regroup over the coming months and make another push for property tax reform next year in the new two-year session. IHRSA is making its own preparations for a renewed fight on this issue.
IHRSA thanks every industry professional that spoke out for healthy lifestyles in Pennsylvania and against SB 76. Your efforts were essential to protecting our industry.
IHRSA members are invited to visit The Pennsylvania State page to learn more.