Tom Wolf Wants To Raise Our Taxes

Whether it's higher taxes on the things we buy, our income or energy, Tom Wolf sure loves higher taxes.

Higher Taxes

When Tom Wolf served as Revenue Secretary our tax burden was the highest ever, and Wolf tried to raise taxes even higher.

Tom Wolf is an extreme tax-and-spend liberal with a history of supporting income and sales tax increases!

Tom Wolf supports ObamaCare—one of the largest tax increases in American history!

Tom Wolf supports massive new energy taxes—including a state-level cap-and-trade tax.

Tom Wolf’s idea of tax "fairness" is to hike taxes on small businesses.

More Tom Wolf Tax Facts

  • Tom Wolf served as Ed Rendell’s chief tax collector when the state tax burden was at it’s highest point ever — and Tom Wolf wanted to raise our taxes even higher. 1,2
    • Wolf supported a nearly 17% increase in the state sales tax that would sock lower-income Pennsylvanians. 3
      • Wolf wanted to send an additional $1.3 billion to Harrisburg by hiking taxes that hit fixed-income and low-income workers the hardest. 3
      • Wolf wanted to raise Allegheny County’s sales tax to 8%! 3
        • Even members of Wolf’s own party admitted that his tax increase would "hurt" lower-income families.
          "Reps. Jake Wheatley, D-Hill District, and Kathy Manderino, D-Philadelphia, said the higher tax will hurt the lower-income people in their districts, because an 8 percent sales tax would be second only to the tax in parts of New York." 3
    • Wolf supported a $41 million tax increase on trash collections. 4,5
  • Tom Wolf wants to increase the state income tax on Pennsylvania families. 6
    • Wolf won’t say how big his income tax increase will be.
  • Tom Wolf supports ObamaCare — one of the largest taxes increase in U.S. history — calling it "a good start." 7,8
    • ObamaCare has 21 tax increases, and raises taxes by more than $1 trillion. 9
      • The Medical Device Tax has already cost 33,000 U.S. jobs. 10
  • Tom Wolf has made massive new energy taxes the centerpiece of his campaign, even if they cost Pennsylvania jobs. 11,12
    • Wolf was part of a Democratic field that "want[ed] to tax the Dickens out of the Marcellus Shale." 13
      • Even other Democrats have criticized Wolf’s severance tax plan as being "a little high." 14
    • Wolf wants to impose a state cap-and-trade tax on Pennsylvania. 15
      • The Washington Post says Wolf’s plan is just another tax increase:
        "Ultimately, RGGI might best be thought of less as a solution to climate change and more of a revenue-raiser for the Northeast." 16
  • When Tom Wolf served on a tax commission under Governor Rendell, Wolf backed a plan that would have hiked taxes on small businesses. 17
    • "Among the biggest losers if the plan is adopted will be small businesses." 18
    • The small-business advocacy group National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) criticized the plan for recommending a "30 percent increase in the taxes small businesses pay." 18
    • The Commonwealth Foundation criticized the plan saying "the biggest impact will be to discourage some types of small business growth." 19
    • The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry criticized the plan because it "shift[s] taxes among job creators [and] does nothing to improve the collective business community’s ability to create jobs." 19,20
  1. Colin McNickle, "Rendell, Wolf & Soakem, Inc.," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 4/1/2007 [Archived Copy]
  2. "Pennsylvania’s State and Local Tax Burden," Tax Foundation, Accessed 5/20/2014 [Archived Copy]
  3. Tom Barnes, "Rendell Appointee Defends Sales Tax Hike," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2/21/2007 [Archived Copy]
  4. Charles, Shillinger, "Wolf talks about taxes in York, touts Rendell’s proposals," York Dispatch, 5/4/2007 [Archived Copy]
  5. Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, "Rendell’s Trash Tax Hike Would Take $41 Million Out of the Pockets of Pennsylvanians," 2/8/2007 [Archived Copy]
  6. "A Fresh Start," Tom Wolf For Governor, Page 9, Accessed 2/17/2014 [Archived Copy]
  7. John Micek, "Democratic guv candidate Tom Wolf answers your questions," Harrisburg Patriot-News, 3/25/2014 [Archived Copy]
  8. Editorial, "The Obamacare tax," Washington Times, 6/28/2012 [Archive Copy]
  9. "Obamacare Tax Increases Will Impact Us All," Tax Foundation, 3/5/2013, Accessed 5/20/2014 [Archived Copy]
  10. Tom Howell, "Obamacare medical device tax led to loss of 33,000 jobs, report says," Washington Times, 2/23/2014 [Archived Copy]
  11. Katie Colaneri and Marie Cusick, "Meet the Candidates: Tom Wolf," State Impact, 5/8/2014 [Archive Copy]
  12. Elizabeth Stelle, "Dangers of a Severance Tax," Commonwealth Foundation, 5/7/2014 [Archived Copy]
  13. Robert Vickers, "Jack Wagner and Jay Paterno flip Democrats’ 2014 campaign script," Harrisburg Patriot-News, 2/21/2014 [Archived Copy]
  14. Pete DeCoursey, "Schwartz Announces Shale Plan," Capitolwire, 9/4/2013 [Archived Copy]
  15. Climate Change, Tom Wolf For Governor, Accessed 5/20/2014 [Archive Copy]
  16. Brad Plumer, "Cap-and-trade is still alive in New England. Is it working?," Washington Post, 2/9/2013 [Archive Copy]
  17. Final Report, Pennsylvania Business Tax Reform Commission, 11/30/2014, Pages 23, 74 and 125 [Archived Copy]
  18. Athena Merritt, "Pa. Tax Reform Plan Assailed," Philadelphia Business Journal, 12/13/2004 [Archive Copy]
  19. Athena Merritt, "Business group releases job-growth plan," Philadelphia Business Journal, 2/7/2005 [Archive Copy]
  20. "The Chamber’s Agenda For Jobs," Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Accessed 5/21/2014 via [Archive Copy]
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