***FACT CHECK*** Tom Wolf’s Top Priority: Raising Taxes

In his last budget address, Tom Wolf’s called for $4.7 billion in new taxes. (Steve Esack and Emily Opilo, “Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Calls for $4.7 Billion in New Revenues,” Allentown Morning Call, 3/4/2016)

Wolf’s tax increases were larger than all other states combined. (“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 (IFO) found that Wolf’s proposed taxes would result in a net increase on all Pennsylvania families. “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)