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Commonwealth Foundation


Five Facts on Wolf Budget

by Matthew Brouillette,
President
 

Yesterday, Gov. Wolf doubled down on his tax-and-spend agenda. Here are five facts you need to know about how Gov. Wolf's budget would affect your family and our state:

1. It's more of the same. Wolf's proposed budget mirrors what he repeatedly offered–and lawmakers repeatedly rejected–last year: Massive tax hikes and record spending increases.

2. It's the biggest spending increase in 25 years. Wolf's $33.3 billion General Fund budget (including pension payments) represents a 10% increase over the budget passed by the legislature in December and is the bgigest spending increase since 1991-92.

3. Wolf's tax hike = $850 more per family four annually.

4. Wolf's budget includes $1.1 billion more for public schools, on top of the record-high level of funding passed by the legislature in December. This comes with no accountability measures and with punitive cuts to public charter schools.

5. At least eight different tax hikes are in the budget. This includes an 11% personal income tax hike–retroactive to January 2016 (in other words, you already owe the state more taxes).

Wolf talked about 'saving' the taxpayers of Pennsylvania. Instead, he's taxing us backwards and forwards.

Join us in telling Gov. Wolf, "Please, no more taxes!" Get all the budget facts–and a catchy decal–over on our site.


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