#PAGov: PA GOP Uses Shitty Math to Show How Tom Wolf Raised Sales Tax by “17 Percent”

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.

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