Renters may bear bigger burden in ‘half a loaf’ budget deal

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf is acknowledging that a proposed sales tax increase that’s part of a plan to end a nearly five-month-old budget stalemate will fall more heavily on people who don’t own a home.

Wolf told his interviewers on KDKA-AM radio in Pittsburgh on Friday that the plan he’s agreed to with top Republican lawmakers is “half a loaf.”

Wolf pointed out that his original budget plan in March sought to deliver rent rebates to lower-income households, as well as raising the personal income tax, which Democratic lawmakers say isn’t as regressive as the sales tax.

But Republicans opposed aid for renters, and they say they preferred a sales tax increase because it gives people more of a choice in how much they pay and out-of-state residents also pay it.

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