HARRISBURG — In anticipation of Tom Wolf’s anniversary as Governor, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania is taking a look back on some of the major issues that occurred during his first year in office.
Today, we highlight Governor Tom Wolf’s distinction as the “Most Liberal Governor in America” as named by research website FindTheBest with research from OnTheIssues. The findings were published on The Huffington Post website.
“It only took a few months in office for Tom Wolf’s far-left agenda to turn heads on the national level. Fueled by his efforts to impose the largest tax hikes in the country on Pennsylvanians, Tom Wolf was named the ‘Most Liberal Governor in America’ last summer. It appears it’s not only Pennsylvanians who recognize Tom Wolf’s efforts to further his extreme liberal agenda on the backs of middle-class families.” — PA GOP Communications Director Megan Sweeney
Tom Wolf — The Most Liberal Governor in America
Governor Tom Wolf has been named the most liberal governor in America by research website FindTheBest with research from OnTheIssues. (FindtheBest, OnTheIssues, “Every U.S. Governor From Most Liberal to Most Conservative,” The Huffington Post, 7/31/2015)
- “With an ideology score of -5.0, Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf is currently the most liberal governor.” (FindtheBest, OnTheIssues, “Every U.S. Governor From Most Liberal to Most Conservative,” The Huffington Post, 7/31/2015)
- On a scale from 0 to -10, with -10 being the most liberal stance possible, Governor Tom Wolf’s economic stances scored a -9. (“Tom Wolf, Current Governor of Pennsylvania,” InsideGov, Accessed 8/14/2015)
Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal increases taxes on Pennsylvanians more than the other 49 states…combined. “Not only was Pennsylvania a ‘driver’ of state tax increases, Gov. Wolf’s proposed tax increase is greater than the total for the rest of the country—which is a net tax decrease.” (“Fiscal Survey of States: Spring 2015,” National Association of State Budget Officers, 8/14/2015), (Nathan Benefield, “How Does Gov. Wolf’s Tax Plan Stand Up?,” Commonwealth Foundation, 6/18/2015)
- Wolf’s tax hikes are EIGHT times greater than next closest state. “In fact, Gov. Wolf’s proposed increase of $4.6 billion is 8 times the next highest (Connecticut).” (“Fiscal Survey of States: Spring 2015,” National Association of State Budget Officers, 8/14/2015), (Nathan Benefield, “How Does Gov. Wolf’s Tax Plan Stand Up?,” Commonwealth Foundation, 6/18/2015)
The Independent Fiscal Office found that Governor Wolf’s budget would increase taxes across all income brackets. Despite his claim that increasing the income tax would give more money to middle class families, the IFO found that every Pennsylvanian can expect to pay more under Governor Wolf’s Plan. (Steve Esack, “Taxes would rise across all income levels under Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget, report says,” Allentown Morning Call, 4/25/2015), (“Analysis of Revenue Proposal: FY 2015-16 Executive Budget,” Independent Fiscal Office, 4/23/2015)