Poll: Trump and property taxes not popular

  • Ed Mahon/PA Post

One of the latest ideas to eliminate school property taxes involves taxing certain retirement income … an idea that seems likely to bring a good bit of resistance. Recall that former Republican state Sen. Scott Wagner spent a lot of time during his unsuccessful campaign for governor defending himself from attacks that he wanted “to tax seniors’ retirement income for the first time in Pennsylvania history.
–Ed Mahon, PA Post reporter

But voters OK with gun regs, Wolf’s Restore Pa.

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The outside of North Star High School in Somerset County is seen on March 7, 2019. The school hosted a forum on legalizing recreational marijuana.

  • In a new poll, 61 percent of Pa. voters surveyed say they think Pennsylvania’s system of state and local taxes needs a fundamental overhaul. And 60 percent of respondents said local school property taxes, which politicians have tried to get rid of for many years, “should be reduced and replaced with state taxes, such as sales taxes on food and clothing, an increased state income tax, or a tax on natural gas extraction.”

  • Meanwhile, when asked about President Trump, 38 percent of respondents said he has done a good enough job to deserve re-election, while 61 percent said it’s time for a change, as WITF’s Rachel McDevitt explains in this story that breaks down the poll from Franklin & Marshall College.

  • Voters also don’t like that the gas taxes they pay at the pump and other transportation fees help cover the cost of state police instead of going exclusively toward roads, bridges and similar projects. In the survey, 67 percent said the state should find another source of funding for state police.

  • So what do voters like? Restore PA, apparently. Nearly 70 percent of respondents said they favored Gov. Tom Wolf’s $4.5 billion infrastructure plan, to be funded through a severance tax on natural gas drilling. Under the plan, the state would borrow money for projects and pay the debt with the severance tax revenue over a long period — up to 20 years.

  • The F&M poll also asked about the issue getting plenty of attention this week — firearm regulation. Sixty-four percent of respondents said they would like to see more restrictions on gun ownership.

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