PA Auditor General Offers Ways to Balance Budget – Without Tax Hike

Add one more Democrat to the list of those who don’t think we should raise the state income tax – Auditor General Jack Wagner has release a series of ideas for balancing the Pennsylvania state budget without hiking taxes.  His proposals aren’t as good as ours, and don’t cut much of the wasteful spending we identified, but he does offer some good ideas:

  • Cut down on Medicaid fraud: $320 million
  • Crack down on tax evaders (one tool for doing this might be appointing them to the cabinet): $160 million
  • Eliminate or reduce tax credits for special interests: $100 million
  • Offer early retirement incentive for state employees: $50 million

Wagner will be talking with Matt Brouillette today at 3 pm on the Bob Durgin Show – on WHP 580 Harrisburg or live online.