***FACT CHECK: Tom Wolf’s Budget***Tom Wolf And The Sales Tax

In The Rendell Administration, Tom Wolf Supported A Hike In The Sales Tax

When Tom Wolf was former Governor Ed Rendell’s Budget Secretary, he supported a 17% increase in the sales tax.  (Tom Barnes, “Rendell Appointee Defends Sales Tax Hike,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2/21/2007)

Tom Wolf the Candidate Speaks Out Against the Sales Tax

Wolf Goes Out Of His Way To Voice His Opposition To Raising The Sales Tax “Tom Wolf has clarified that he opposes an increase to the state sales tax.” (Borys Krawczenuik, “Wolf does not support increase of sales tax,” Scranton Times-Tribune, 3/28/2014)

Wolf: Raising The Sales Tax Would Hurt Lower-Class Pennsylvanians Wolf, however, does not support an increase in sales taxes, saying he views it as falling too heavily on lower-income consumers.(“Tom Wolf says richer Pennsylvanians to pay more income taxes to lower property taxes,” Associated Press, 7/26/2014)

Report: Wolf To Raise The Sales Tax By 10%

Wolf To Call For Major Sales Tax Hike “To pay for a 50 percent cut in both business taxes and school property taxes, Wolf will ask for a 5 percent severance tax on Marcellus Shale drilling, an increase in the state sales tax from 6 to 6.6 percent while expanding the sales tax to cover clothing and professional services, and a one percent hike in the personal income tax from 3.07 percent to 4.07 percent.” (Jon Delano, “Gov. Wolf Looking At Both Cutting & Raising Taxes,” KDKA, 2/25/2015)

Members Of Wolf’s Own Party Have Spoken Out Against A Sales Tax Hike

Members of Tom Wolf’s own Party think increasing the sales tax is a bad idea.

  • “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.” (Tom Barnes, “Rendell Appointee Defends Sales Tax Hike,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2/21/2007])