Renters may absorb bigger burden in Pa. budget deal

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 13, 2015 9:08 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf is acknowledging that a proposed sales tax increase that's part of a plan to end a nearly five-month-old budget stalemate will fall more heavily on people who don't own a home.

Wolf told his interviewers on KDKA-AM radio in Pittsburgh earlier today the plan he's agreed to with top Republican lawmakers is "half a loaf.''

He pointed out that his original budget plan in March sought to deliver rent rebates to lower-income households, as well as raising the personal income tax, which Democratic lawmakers say isn't as regressive as the sales tax.

But Republicans opposed aid for renters, and they say they preferred a sales tax increase because it gives people more of a choice in how much they pay and out-of-state residents also pay it.

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