Well, that didn’t take long.
In their latest TV spot, “Missing”, the campaign seeks to portray Tom Wolf as the tax man citing his time as Governor Rendell’s Revenue Secretary.
“Millionaire Tom Wolf spent a fortune on TV ads but never mentioned he was PA’s Revenue Secretary,” it begins.
The commercial accuses Wolf of supporting a home heating tax, a higher sales tax, an electric tax and finally a garbage tax.
“Now, millionaire Wolf says he’ll raise the income tax on many hard-working Pennsylvanians, no thank you,” the ad concludes.
This contention appears to be based on Wolf’s support for a progressive, rather than flat, state tax. A progressive tax involves a sliding rate scale that taxes higher incomes more and lower incomes less. A flat tax, on the other hand, assigns each citizen the same rate regardless of income. The federal income tax is progressive while the state income tax is flat.
The commercial seems to be an indication that the Corbett-Cawley campaign intends to attack Wolf on taxes consistently throughout the general election.