We’ve reached the satire phase of the campaign.
The latest ad from Governor Corbett sardonically compliments Wolf for calling for higher taxes.
“Says here Tom Wolf is going to raise the income tax on middle-class families, it’s about time somebody does,” a man at his kitchen table deadpans.
The 45-second spot actually cites a PoliticsPA headline from July for this claim. Our piece referred to Wolf’s interview with the AP, when he suggested higher income taxes on the wealthy should be used to fund schools rather than property taxes.
The goal, according to Wolf, would be to reduce taxes among middle-class households. He identified families making $70,000 to $90,000 a year as the people who would benefit. Since that interview, several reporters (and one debate moderator) have tried to pin Wolf down on what level of income above that ninety thousand could see an increase.
The commercial goes on to note that Wolf supported Governor Rendell’s proposal to increase the sales tax by 1% during his confirmation hearing to become Revenue Secretary in 2007.
Finally, the ad cites Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Op-Ed columnist Colin McNickle’s comment that Wolf “never met a tax he didn’t like.”
“Wolf’s promising to raise middle-class taxes, and he seems like the kind of guy that’s gonna keep that promise,” the spot concludes.