Survey Says: Taxes Will Rise Under Wolf

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By Bill Vidonic

Nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvanians expect to see a boost in education funding, but they also believe sales and income taxes will rise because of the election of Democrat Tom Wolf as governor, according to a survey.

Only 42 percent believe that the business climate is improving, according to the survey by Robert Morris University Polling Institute, which is sponsored by Trib Total Media, while a majority think a gas extraction tax is on the way.

Many of the poll results were influenced by November’s general election between Wolf and Republican incumbent Tom Corbett, said Philip Harold, professor of political science at Robert Morris.

“More money for education was a theme of the campaign, and that’s clearly created an expectation,” Harold said, with 67 percent of survey respondents saying education will receive more funding.

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