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Joseph B. Scarnati
To kill or to cut? Wolf's property tax plan has competition

The success of Gov. Tom Wolf's plan to make Pennsylvania's school funding system fairer could hinge on this: Whether he can convince enough lawmakers that his plan would end the days of rising school property taxes. Wolf, a Democrat, has proposed a $3.2 billion plan to cut school property taxes dollar-for-dollar by raising state income and sales taxes. His goal is to boost the state's share of public school costs to 50 percent, up from one-third, primarily to cut property taxes for homeowners in Pennsylvania's poorest and most heavily taxed districts. The plan has a lot in common with concepts that House Majority Leader Dave Reed and other members of the...

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