Gov. Wolf Says State Lawmakers Getting Serious About Local Tax Reform

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says he is encouraged the state legislature may finally be ready to tackle tax reform, a move he says could benefit local property owners who are footing the bill for schools.

Speaking at a senior forum in Philadelphia, Gov. Wolf says there is growing, bi-partisan interest in doing something about property taxes – the foundation of school funding in most counties in the state, including the suburban counties here.

“I ran on trying to make sure that local taxpayers get a break, especially property taxpayers, because that’s a really particularly regressive and onerous tax on, especially seniors who are on fixed incomes and can’t afford to see their property tax rates go up every year.”

The governor says if the legislature finds a path to tax reform, he’s willing to work with lawmakers to try to make the numbers work.

Wolf’s current budget proposal includes no personal or sales tax increases. It relies instead on consolidating cabinet departments and realizing savings through more efficient government operations.

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  1. Mike Zac says:

    Get smart and legalize recreational marijuana, The answer is clearly right in front of your eyes.The revenue alone from taxation would generate enough money for a plethora of problems that we may face. Instead of taxing the essentials like gas, sweetened beverages, and God knows whatever is next. Instead of beings a backwards State, and watching other States prosper from the revenue of marijuana taxation. We just sit idly by and suffer the consequences of doing absolutely nothing to help our State generate revenue. And wonder why we are such idiots for not getting with the program. Eventually it is inevitable that it will be legalized everywhere, so what are we going to do, wait and suffer in the meantime? While we could have done it sooner rather than later and could have reaped the benefits amid looming deficits that we may be facing if the Federal government decides to cut our budgets for having sanctuary cities. Get with the program Governor Wolfe, be a part of the solution, not the problem. It’s a simple solution SMH!

  2. Well, What is he going to do about 8% sales here in the city of Philadelphia? 8% is bad enough but soda taxes is worse.

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