December 30, 2015 |
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump unleashed a fusillade of attacks Monday on Gov. Christie, a rival, criticizing him on everything from New Jersey's economy to the George Washington Bridge scandal. Trump's remarks came in response to a Sunday editorial by the publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader, which called the celebrity real estate mogul's campaign "an insult to the intelligence of Republican voters. " Trump accused Christie - who was endorsed by the Union Leader and is gaining ground in Granite State polls - of encouraging the publisher, Joseph W. McQuaid, to write the editorial.
December 19, 2015
By Nathan Benefield With Christmas fast approaching, children are busy creating wish lists for Santa Claus. While most kids eventually outgrow a belief in Santa - and realize it's their family buying their gifts - a few Pennsylvania politicians seem unwilling to give up the make-believe world of their childhood. Just as Santa promises toys and totes bags of presents, some politicians promise gifts to voters and hand out goodies to countless special-interest groups. If you believe their spin - and in Santa - no one will have to pay for these gifts.
February 27, 2015 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Gov. Wolf on Wednesday proposed cutting the state corporate net income tax rate in half by 2018, a step he said would allow Pennsylvania to move from the nation's second-highest rate to one of its lowest. Unveiling pieces of his economic plan to Lehigh Valley business leaders, Wolf called for gradually reducing the corporate net income tax from 9.99 percent to 4.99 percent, and eliminating the already-expiring capital stock and franchise tax. Wolf also said he wanted to implement "combined reporting," a concept in which the state could tax a multistate corporation's total revenue, not just its Pennsylvania earnings.
October 9, 2014
HOW ABOUT some tax talk? Wait, wait, don't leave. This is important, or could be. It's a big part of the governor's race and likely to be a focus of the final debate in Pittsburgh tonight. Republican Gov. Corbett says he should be re-elected for keeping taxes low and because Democrat Tom Wolf will raise taxes - without saying how much. Wolf argues Corbett's management and tax policy hurt education, job creation and state fiscal ratings. Wolf says he just wants to make taxes fairer.
January 16, 2014 |
TRENTON The leaders of the Democratic-controlled Legislature laid out in broad terms Tuesday their priorities for the new session, pledging to slow the rise of property taxes and renew fights with Gov. Christie on issues such as funding for women's health. Republicans, too, placed an emphasis on reducing the property-tax burden. But neither party proposed specific changes Tuesday, though Christie addressed the issue at greater length in his State of the State address. Democrats retained the same majorities in each chamber of the Legislature - 24-16 in the Senate, 48-32 in the Assembly - that they had heading into the November elections.
May 17, 2013 |
TRENTON - In TV attack ads, politicians often put text underneath the images to indicate the sources of statistics used to skewer the opposition. But in the ad that Republican Gov. Christie has been running this week against State Sen. Barbara Buono (D., Middlesex), his expected challenger in November, the source cited is unrelated to the accusation. That is now changing. On Tuesday, The Inquirer pointed out the discrepancy to the Christie campaign. On Wednesday, campaign spokesman Kevin Roberts said, "We are adding an additional level of specificity when it comes to the source citation.
April 17, 2013
By Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan Each July Fourth, Americans celebrate their freedom, the result of a revolution over "taxation without representation. " This month, we celebrate another type of freedom - from our own tax man. It turns out that taxation with representation is no picnic either. According to the Tax Foundation, Tax Freedom Day - the day on which the average American has earned enough money to pay off his federal, state, and local tax bills for the year - occurs on Thursday.
July 20, 2012 |
THE FINANCIAL impact, Renee Amoore explained, was painful. Speaking Monday in LOVE Park for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, Amoore said she was forced to lay off 200 of her 500 employees. The blame, Amoore said, fell on President Obama's handling of the economy — specifically, increases in federal taxes on payroll, health care and business. Something there sounded off-kilter. We'll come back to that. Amoore, deputy chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party for 16 years, was playing a leading role in Romney's efforts to shift the focus from his business record to Obama's time in the White House.
May 1, 2012 |
GREAT NEWS, KIDS, your Legislature's back this week after a nice long break for Easter and the primary, and, boy, it sounds as if lawmakers are really ready to work. High on the list: fiscal responsibility, private-sector job creation and cuts in business taxes. Did you just stand and cheer? Why not? Don't you think if businesses pay lower taxes, they all go out and hire the jobless and underemployed? And just in time, too, because starting Tuesday, the state — in ongoing efforts to cut waste, fraud and abuse — is going after people on food stamps.
April 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The White House and congressional Democrats think they have the ideal issue to use against Republicans all year - that the GOP is eager to give tax breaks to the rich. "It's an excellent strategy for Democrats," said Floyd Ciruli, a Denver-based political consultant, as the Senate plans a vote Monday on a Democratic-sponsored measure to impose higher taxes on millionaires. The Democratic strategy, though, might not be a winning one. While taxing the rich is popular, "it just isn't the first priority" of the swing voters who likely will decide the 2012 presidential and congressional elections, said Lanae Erickson, deputy director of social policy and politics at Third Way, a centrist Democratic group that recently studied independent voters.