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Preservation Pennsylvania needs your support as we work to preserve and expand the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Tax Credit. This important preservation tool will sunset in June 2020 unless it is reauthorized.
 

KEY CHANGES

  • Annual Allocation of $30 million
  • Increased per project cap to $2.5 million
  • Additional 5% credit for workforce housing
  • Clarification that the credit can be used in one year (compared to 5 years for federal)
  • Standardization of timing for application, review and allocation
Since the tax credit was established in 2012, it has facilitated the rehabilitation and reuse of properties all across the state, creating jobs and revitalizing communities.
 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Update of PA Historic Tax Credit Expansion Bills!
 
Both bills were referred to their respective Finance Committees on 4/10.
 
If your Senator is a member of the Senate Finance Committee (list below), please consider reaching out to them during the next two weeks when they will be in their district offices and ask them to support SB 541.

SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE
Hutchinson, Scott E., Chair
Blake, John P., Minority Chair

Majority
Aument, Ryan P., Vice Chair
Scarnati, Joseph B., III, Ex‑Officio
Argall, David G.
Browne, Patrick M.
DiSanto, John
Folmer, Mike

Minority
Haywood, Art
Hughes, Vincent J.
Muth, Katie J.
If your Representative is a member of the House Finance Committee (list below), they are meeting on Wednesday, April 17. Reach out to them now and ask them to support HB 1173. 
 
HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE
Peifer, Michael, Chair
Wheatley, Jake, Jr., Democratic Chair

Majority
Greiner, Keith J., Secretary
Greiner, Keith J., Subcommittee Chair on Tax Modernization & Reform
Brooks, Bob
Diamond, Russ
Dunbar, George
Gabler, Matt
Grove, Seth M.
Kaufer, Aaron D.
Keller, Fred
Lewis, Andrew
Mako, Zachary
Rader, Jack, Jr.
Ryan, Francis X.
Sankey, Tommy
Staats, Craig T.

Minority
Rabb, Christopher M., Democratic Secretary
Davidson, Margo L., Democratic Vice Chair
Daley, Mary Jo, Subcommittee Democratic Chair on Tax Modernization & Reform
Delloso, David M.
Driscoll, Michael J.
Howard, Kristine C.
Rozzi, Mark
Sims, Brian
Webster, Joe

Reach out to Finance Committee members only at this time. Once the bill moves from there, a larger outreach effort will begin. 
Need to check who your representatives in Harrisburg are? Click here.
 
Your support is needed to help fund completion of the PA State Tax Credit Economic Study. Help us match a Keystone Historic Preservation Grant from the PA SHPO. Your financial support is needed to help move this effort forward and ensure that Pennsylvania’s historic tax credit not only stays in place but is even stronger.
 
 
Successful passage of this legislation will require a sustained advocacy and outreach effort. As the statewide voice for historic preservation, Preservation Pennsylvania will devote significant staff time to building a coalition, preparing educational materials, making presentations, speaking to legislators and groups across the state and ensuring that this important program is retained and expanded.
 
The following individuals and organizations recognize the value of a robust state historic preservation tax credit and support efforts to expand and reauthorize this valuable tool for preservation and economic revitalization. If you'd like to sign your name as part of our Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Tax Credit Coalition, click here.
 
10,000 Friends
AIA Pennsylvania
Charles Balducci
Suzanna Barucco, Principal, sbk + partners, LLC, historic preservation consulting
Maria Foss
Cindy Hamilton
Hogestown Heritage Committee
Vern McKissick
MM Partners, llc real estate development
Bobbie Jean Owens
Pennsylvania Downtown Center
Sandy Rosenberg, Post Commercial Real Estate
A. Roy Smith
Paul Steinke, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelplhia
Jeremy Young, Community & Economic Development Manager
Becky Zeller
 

LEARN MORE

Learn more about the State Historic Preservation Tax Credit with the resources listed below.
 
 
* The PA HPTC can benefit projects all across the state. Click here to see where.
 
* Where could state historic preservation tax credits be utilized? Click here for a list of eligible National Register Historic Districts in Pennsylvania. 
 
This post from the PA State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) offers an overview of what the tax credit does, how it works, and how it benefits communities.
 
NTHP HTC Policy ReportThe National Trust for Historic Preservation offers this policy review of State Historic Preservation Tax Credits (2016)
 
*  The National Trust for Historic Preservation also studied the return on investment (ROI) for the state historic preservation tax credit in this policy study (2015) indicating a positive return on their investment in the post-construction phase.
 
*  The state's Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) provides revenue projections for use in the state budget process along with impartial and timely analysis of fiscal, economic and budgetary issues to assist Commonwealth residents and the General Assembly in their evaluation of policy decisions. Read its performance-based budget and efficiency review of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Tax Credit.
 
 
The Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Tax Credit is good for Pennsylvania, good for its valuable historic resources, and good for the economy, generating jobs, new housing, and tax revenue.
 

 

 WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING

Check back for updates!
 
APR 9 2019
 Senator David Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Senator Judith Schwank (D-Berks) introduced legislation for the re-authorization and expansion of the PA HPTC (SB 541) in the Senate. Representative Robert Freeman (D-Northampton) and Representative R. Lee James (R-Butler/Venago) introduced a companion bill (HB 1173) in the House.
FEB 8 2019
  Representative R. Lee James, Representative Jared G. Solomon, Representative Aaron Bernstine, Representative Stephen Barrar, Representative Michael H. Schlossberg, Representative Stephen Kinsey, Representative Steve Samuelson, Representative David R. Millard, Representative Chris Sainato, Representative Thomas P. Murt, Representative Carol Hill-Evans, Representative Greg Vitali, and Representative Patrick J. Harkins have all signed on as co-sponsors in support of the house HPTC.
JAN 30 2019
 
Representative Freeman and Representative James have circulated a co-sponsorship memo for the PA Historic Preservation Tax Credit in the house. You can find it here: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legis/CSM/showMemoPublic.cfm?chamber=H&SPick=20190&cosponId=28086
 
JAN 11 2019
 
Senator David Argall is circulating his co-sponsorship memo for the re-introduction of the bill in the new session in the Senate. Here is the link: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legis/CSM/showMemoPublic.cfm?chamber=S&SPick=20190&cosponId=27631
Thanks to those of you who have already reached out, these senators have signed on to co-sponsor: Blake, Schwank, Martin, Farnese, Kearney, Killion, Costa, Ward, and Yudichak.
 
OCT 2018
 
Working with recommendations from developers, historic preservation professionals, and other statewide nonprofits working in the field of economic development, Senator Argall’s staff drafted legislation to reauthorize, expand, and improve the credit. Senator David Argall introduced SB 1279 in October 2018.
 
2018  
Preservation Pennsylvania engaged Donovan Rypkema of PlaceEconomics to undertake a study of the economic benefits of state tax credits, comparing Pennsylvania’s program to other states. Early findings show that with strong tax credit programs, states have more projects and increased investment.
 
APRIL 2018
  Senator David Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) hosted a workshop in April 2018 to hear from Preservation Pennsylvania, PHMC, DCED, and other state agencies on the value of the state historic preservation tax credit and ways to improve it. You can view the proceedings and review the documentation here.
 

 
 Mindy Crawford at Senator Argall's April workshop
 Mindy Crawford, Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania, at Senator Argall's April workshop on the state historic preservation tax credit.
 




 
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