"Make no mistake - that's a tax shift," Fumo said yesterday of the plans advocating a sales tax increase, which he believes would disproportionately hurt senior citizens and the poor. "When we shift, we're going to raise someone's taxes.
"So the minute we got into raising taxes, that's when I said, 'Well, if we are going to raise taxes - if it's a fait accompli - we should raise it on people who can really afford to pay it,' " he said.
His plan would create three income-tax brackets and raise the percentage for the top two substantially. Should be a huge hit with the GOP leadership...
While U.S. Senator Rick Santorum may be trying to make hay with charges of anti-Italian bias (see prev. here), he's finding no ally in fellow Republican and Italian Philadelphia Councilman Frank Rizzo, Jr., who passed up their prepared press releases. It's easy enough to avoid comparisons with the mob if you keep your nose clean.
John Baer devotes today's column to data on the state of the state, finding good and bad signs for Pennsylvania's economic and personal health.