John Stoffa opposed the Easton commuter tax because he said it would deal him a bad hand in negotiations with public sector unions over pay raises next year.
If the County ends up increasing workers’ pay to cover the cost of living increase, the true incidence of the tax increase on County workers would fall on Northampton County taxpayers.
As someone who likes progressive taxation, that seems like a clear win to me. The median Northampton County taxpayer is wealthier than the median Easton taxpayer. It’s a progressive redistribution.