Tom Wolf takes credit for adding $1 billion to education spending. That's lie #2.
Tom Wolf didn't sign a budget for three years. The only official role he exercised during that time was veto power -- which he used to withhold school funding. He signed his first budget in 2018, when he was up for re-election, but only authorized $100 million for eduction -- most of which went to pensions for school employees.
Wolf says investing in classrooms is his top priority. That's lie #3.
Tom Wolf takes millions in campaign donations from the PSEA — a government employee union which exists to score limitless tax dollars for its members' pensions. Wolf has resisted meaningful pension reform, leaving taxpayers on the hook for ballooning pensions, and more than half of education money going to school employees -- not to classrooms.
Tom Wolf says PA doesn't tax oil and gas. That's lie #1.
Not only does PA have a tax on oil and gas (called the Impact Fee), but we’re the only state in the nation that has such a tax. The Impact Fee brings in more revenue than a severance tax, and the money goes directly to the communities “impacted” by the drilling — rather than to Harrisburg where it can be wasted by politicians. Tom Wolf doesn’t like that.
Tom Wolf says the severance tax is a good thing. That's lie #2.
Not only would adding a severance tax kill jobs as drillers run to states with friendlier tax climates, but taxpayers would absorb the cost in the form of massive energy cost increases.
Wolf says a severance tax means more money for classrooms. That's lie #3.
No one who fights for money to go to the classroom takes millions from the PSEA, which exists to drive limitless tax dollars away from classrooms to the pensions of school employees. Students will not see more from a severance tax — but pensions will grow, Tom Wolf will continue to receive donations, and taxpayers will continue to receive higher property tax bills.
Tom Wolf says he's for "jobs that pay." That's lie #1.
If he was for "jobs that pay," Tom Wolf wouldn't be for taxes that empty our wallets. PA has one of the harshest tax environments in the nation and, because of this, businesses will not locate in Pennsylvania -- in fact PA has the least entrepreneurs in the nation. We are ranked the 2nd-worst state for job-creation, and the sixth-worst state to find a job.
Tom Wolf says he backs job creators. That's lie #2.
No one has been more devastating to job creators. Under Tom Wolf, PA has more than 150,000 rules and regulations -- which would take 18 weeks to read - and a legal degree to understand. The sheer number of regulations, regulating bodies, delays in issuing permits, and other areas of confusion cripple job creators. It's why PA is ranked the 6th-worst state to start a business -- and why more than half of them fail within five years.
Wolf says he wants to strengthen workforce development.That's lie #3.
Pennsylvania welfare and food stamp rolls are higher than ever. Worse, Tom Wolf ended the work requirement for able-bodied recipients because PA's unemployment rate is almost 20% higher than the national average -- a result of his over taxation and regulation. It's a complete failure -- and it's not workforce development.
Tom Wolf says he protects taxpayers That's lie #1.
Tom Wolf's leadership has been riddled with bad decisions and introduction of unprecedented tax hikes. In 2018, he authorized a spending plan without money to pay for it -- which earned him a credit downgrade by S&P. And he has been ranked the worst governor in the nation for fiscal management, taxation and spending by the CATO Institute.
Tom Wolf says he's been transparent. That's lie #2.
Tom Wolf accepts massive donations from government employee unions which are funded by taxpayers. They use tax dollars to make political donations in exchange for policy, spending and contracts favorable to its members -- not taxpayers. Tom Wolf has accepted $8 million in taxpayer funded donations from the PSEA, the SEIU and other government employee unions.
Wolf says he's been accountable. It's lie #3.
An audit of just one Department revealed
that it lost $178 million dollars. PA’s Auditor General
said, “To say that [the department is] held together with
bubble gum would be an insult to bubble gum” and, “We have found very high levels of incompetence and wasted taxpayer money.” In the real world, the FBI would be making arrests, but Tom Wolf held no one accountable and is asking for $180 million more from taxpayers to make up for the lost funds.