— PA GOP (@PAGOP) May 12, 2014
The Pennsylvania GOP is attacking Tom Wolf for supporting a 1 percent sales tax increase while he was the Revenue Secretary under Ed Rendell. Their
lie de jour claim goes as this:
As Ed Rendell’s chief tax collector, Tom Wolf tried to raise our sales tax by nearly 17%
and the source they cite, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, reads:
Mr. Rendell has proposed raising the sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent in most counties, but from 7 percent to 8 percent in Allegheny and Philadelphia counties. If the Legislature approves the move by June 30, it would raise an additional $1.3 billion in the fiscal year that starts July 1.
So where does this “17%” tax increase come from? It comes from the simple “percent change” formula:
6 percent – 7 percent / 6 percent x 100 = 16.666
This is a ludicrous use of skewing the numbers by the PA GOP.