Wednesday, June 4, 2008
The Chronicle on Philanthropy reports that a group of Pennsylvania legislators have formed a caucus to focus on nonprofit issues. The Pennsylvania Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) and the United Way of Pennsylvania worked with the General Assembly to create the caucus. The legislative caucus, composed of both Republicans and Democrats, will begin its work on June 17. A group of 30 charities and private foundations will serve as an advisory board to the caucus. Topics that could be discussed include charitable tax exemptions, sales taxes on services, lobbying, volunteerism, and government money for human services and the arts. The charities sought the creation of the caucus as a way to help legislators by providing helpful feedback that could improve bills considered by the legislature.