Public offers support for Wolf tax plan

In his battle with Republicans over the state budget, new Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf just picked up a little more ammo.

A new Franklin & Marshall College Poll showed the public supports his plan to hike the state sales and income taxes and use the money to boost education funding.

Nearly 6 in 10 - 59 percent - of those polled backed the plan, no doubt in large part because it targets the state's most hated levy, property taxes.

About 17 percent of those asked identified taxes as the biggest issue in the state.

We'll have Wolf's chief of staff, Katie McGinty, here for a visit with the editorial board this morning.

I'll ask her about the prospects of getting the Wolf plan through the Legislature.

Do you have a question for McGinty? If so email it to me at and I will add it to my list.

A couple of weeks ago, State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, who heads the state House Democratic Policy Committee, told me he does not believe the budget will be done by the July 1 deadline.

Instead, he sees Republicans, who control both the Senate and House, passing their own "no-tax-hike" spending plan, and then tossing it in Wolf's lap.

Sturla believes Wolf will veto it, and then both sides could dig in for an extended standoff.

We'll ask McGinty how she sees this playing out.


Anonymous said…
Why not tax the families with kids in school. Leave the seniors alone!