No One Wants Higher Taxes

The latest reports out of the state Capitol suggest that including a sales tax increase in the budget framework—which we addressed earlier—is off the table.

Turns out, lawmakers weren’t too keen on giving Pennsylvania the second highest state sales tax rate in the country. And legislators didn’t like Gov. Wolf’s ideas for wealth redistribution via “property tax relief.”

This is the fourth tax hike proposal put forward by Gov. Wolf that has fallen apart, gaining little support even from his own party.

The governor, and some lawmakers, must recognize the simple reality: No one wants to pay more in taxes.

Before any more is asked of taxpayers, here's how lawmakers should prioritize: