Wolf says critics of his tax plan must consider the benefits

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf says criticism of the higher income and sales taxes that he advocates should be weighed against the benefits they would make possible, including multibillion-dollar reductions in school property taxes.

In an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, Wolf said efforts to scale back property taxes go back to the 1980s. But he says reforms are more likely to win legislative support now because of the “growing restiveness” of homeowners struggling to pay those taxes.

The Democrat said other proposals that now have popular support include a 50 percent reduction in the corporate net income tax and a new tax on natural-gas drilling to generate money for public schools.

He says households with incomes of $100,000 or less should see an overall reduction in their taxes.

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