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Analysis: Wolf’s “Fresh Start” Plan Requires Huge Tax Increases

From the Commonwealth Foundation: Wolf’s $4.6 Billion in New Education Spending Would Require Doubling State Income Tax Analysis Reveals PA Families Face a Potential 121% Increase in Personal Income Taxes A new analysis of gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf’s “Fresh Start” plan reveals that Wolf’s spending and tax proposals—$4.6 billion in new spending on education alone—would result in a potential 121% increase to the state income tax rate, bringing it to a whopping 6.8 percent. That’s almost an additional $600 for the average Philadelphia school teacher and $1,690 for a two income family of $50,000 each. “Promising funding increases is a good way to get voters’ attention,” said former high school teacher Matthew J. Brouillette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth…
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EDITORIAL: Fuzzy Math

From the Philadelphia Inquirer: In the last debate of the gubernatorial campaign Wednesday and a meeting with the Inquirer Editorial Board Thursday, Democratic nominee Tom Wolf reiterated his refusal to detail his plans for the state income tax. Indeed, Wolf’s studied vagueness on the subject has become familiar enough to be routine. But that shouldn’t make it any less troubling. The York County businessman has proposed making the state’s constitutionally mandated flat tax progressive by exempting an unspecified amount of income and raising the rate. He says he would hold total revenues neutral and that the dividing line between those paying more and those paying less would be in the range of $70,000 to $90,000 in individual income. But Wolf …
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Analysis: Wolf’s “Fresh Start” Plan Requires Huge Tax Increases

From the Commonwealth Foundation: Wolf’s $4.6 Billion in New Education Spending Would Require Doubling State Income Tax Analysis Reveals PA Families Face a Potential 121% Increase in Personal Income Taxes A new analysis of gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf’s “Fresh Start” plan reveals that Wolf’s spending and tax proposals—$4.6 billion in new spending on education alone—would result in a potential 121% increase to the state income tax rate, bringing it to a whopping 6.8 percent. That’s almost an additional $600 for the average Philadelphia school teacher and $1,690 for a two income family of $50,000 each. “Promising funding increases is a good way to get voters’ attention,” said former high school teacher Matthew J. Brouillette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth …
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Gov. Candidate Wolf Admits Part Of ‘Fresh Start’ Campaign Plan Plagiarized

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates on Thursday chastised businessman Tom Wolf’s campaign for plagiarizing a section of his “Fresh Start” campaign platform. Wolf acknowledged the mistake hours after U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a rival in the primary race, pointed out the plagiarism in a news release. … Four paragraphs from the platform include sentences that are identical to sections of two papers published by Johnson Controls, an international energy equipment distributor. The company is not cited on Wolf’s website, where the “Fresh Start” plan appears prominently. “Tom Wolf claims to be a different type of candidate,” said Mark Bergman, spokesman for the Schwartz campaign. “He says he will take us in a new direction with a ‘Fresh …
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Tom Wolf Campaign Apologizes For Copied Passages

From the Associated Press: The campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf says it has fired the worker responsible for copying passages of his 46-page policy paper from reports written by Johnson Controls Inc. employees on energy efficiency. … Wolf’s response came shortly after the passages were first flagged by the campaign of U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, one of Wolf’s three competitors for the Democratic Party’s nomination to run for governor. Read more »

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