Originally published at The Patriot-News
Just as inflation reached a 40-year high, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine deepens the high food and gas price shock to U.S. consumers—to Pennsylvanians. As mid-term elections near, big-spending politicians now scramble to provide the illusion of relief and ward off political disaster.
While Gov. Tom Wolf and a wave of virtue-signaling politicians around the country push a federal tax holiday, Pennsylvania has two half-baked proposals right here at home—holidays on state gas and sales taxes.
That’s right—perhaps for the first time—some of Harrisburg’s tax-and-spend crowd suggest that Pennsylvanians pay less in taxes. Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh/Northampton) has proposed a two-month tax holiday on Pennsylvania’s 6 percent sales tax. Meanwhile, in the House, Rep. Anthony DeLuca (D-Allegheny) intends to introduce a six-month pause on the gas tax. Unfortunately, tax holidays are more bait-and-switch deception than true attempts towards fiscal health.
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