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The Sterling Act: A Brief History

Passed in 1932, the Sterling Act effectively conferred Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with the authority to impose taxes on a variety of conditions so long as they do not “now or hereafter become subject to a State tax or license fee.”

 

This report is a decade-by-decade examination of this act. This history focuses, in particular, on state government actions/legislation, city government actions/legislation, and court cases and decisions.