Center for Taxes & Fiscal Responsibility
The Center for Taxes & Fiscal Responsibility works to reduce the size, scope, and “tax-take” of state government; restore the government sector to its proper and limited role in our lives; and make government more open, transparent, and accountable to citizens.
Wednesday’s vote on Gov. Wolf’s tax scheme was latest in a long line of political gimmicks aimed at reeling-in Wolf’s white whale: paradigm-shifting tax increases on Pennsylvania families and small businesses.
This spring, Governor Wolf swung for the fences with a $1,400-per-family-of-four tax hike; in September he whiffed at a $1,000 increase; today, after choking up for a $750 rise, Governor Wolf has struck out.
"Pennsylvanians would pay a whopping 16 percent more in state income taxes under Wolf’s latest tax scheme. What Pennsylvania family wants to see their taxes rise by one dollar, let alone by $750?"
After months of hyping a “common sense severance tax to fund schools,” Gov. Wolf has finally decided to mention that his budget plan is a broad-based tax hike that places most of the burden squarely on working families’ shoulders.
Next week, the state House plans a full vote on Gov. Wolf’s modified tax plan, first proposed on September 11. This plan, despite being pared down from Wolf’s original $4.6 billion tax increase, would still result in a $1,000 tax increase per family of four in its first full year and would cause 14,000 jobs to not be created by 2016-17, according to a new a
On September 11, 2015, Gov. Tom Wolf presented legislative leaders with a second tax increase proposal—totaling$1.8 billion for the 2015-16 budget year, and a $3.2 billion net increase in 2016-17, after all increases have taken effect. Here are four things to know about that tax increase.
On September 16, 28 days after receiving a budget compromise proposal from legislative Republicans, Gov. Wolf rejected that offer and issued his own plan—to hire a private contractor to manage the government liquor system and slightly modifying his earlier pension proposal. While Wolf’s proposals are significant, they represent bad public policy.
Today, Wolf issued his 6th, 7th, and 8th Vetoes, rejecting an $11 billion spending measure and accompanying bills passed by the state Legislature which would have retroactively funded schools and social service organizations from July through October of the current fiscal year.
Last week, Governor Wolf revved up his Jeep and resumed his “Government that Works” tour in Lancaster. In an ironic twist, Wolf also promised to veto a temporary funding bill that would actually put government back to work, extending a nearly three-month budget stalemate created by his June 30 veto.
Governor Tom Wolf announced what he termed “historic” liquor and pension reform proposals. Unfortunately, his plans to lease the state’s liquor system while maintaining government ownership and to offer a stacked hybrid pension plan for state employees fail to meet the threshold of true reform.
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