Wolf defends budget, says he’s solving decades-old problems

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Fresh off his first budget proposal to the Legislature, Gov. Tom Wolf is questioning how Republican lawmakers can be so adamantly opposed to or critical of its elements.

Wolf, a Democrat, said Wednesday after touring the high-achieving STEM Academy in Downingtown that his plan addresses things that have been discussed for decades, namely cutting school property taxes and corporate taxes.

Rather, he says Republicans should go and talk to their constituents.

Democrats and education advocates applauded Wolf’s plan to raise state taxes on income, sales and natural gas drilling to support more than $4 billion for education programs and corporate and property tax cuts. Wolf says he’s trying to make the tax system fairer, improve the business climate and help lower-income homeowners by expanding the state’s role in funding schools to 50 percent.

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