Government greed vs. kitchen-table reality: Governor Wolf wants to take more from people as they struggle


Manufacturers appalled by Governor Wolf’s FY 2021-22 budget proposal

Harrisburg, February 3, 2021 - The following quotes can be attributed to David N. Taylor, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association:

“Indifferent to the reality of struggling Pennsylvanians, Governor Tom Wolf intends to increase the state Personal Income Tax by nearly 50 percent. He offers no reprieve to his imperious lockdown agenda, which has needlessly destroyed jobs and businesses while failing to control the spread of COVID-19. Pennsylvania’s manufacturers will continue to respond to the pandemic in heroic ways, but the failure of the Wolf Administration to listen to anyone outside their closed circle makes our job harder.”

“Pennsylvanians are in urgent need of a competent pandemic response by state government, including an efficient vaccination campaign, protections against lawsuit abuse for entities following CDC protocols, and cooperative executive decision-making that includes the people and their elected representatives. Instead of doing that, Governor Wolf has offered up an obscene progressive wish list that disrespects the economic reality of families and small businesses trying to make it through the month.”

“Whether it’s a stupid and self-defeating additional tax on Pennsylvania energy production (see more: click here), a small-business killing government-mandated wage increase, or the false promise of sin-tax revenue from recreational marijuana; his proposal is detached from reality. As his administration continues to be embarrassed by controversy and a floundering vaccine rollout, Governor Wolf should focus on getting his own house in order before peddling a big-government agenda masquerading as pandemic response.”

“There are any number of bad ideas in this proposal, but what manufacturers want – and Pennsylvanians need – is a competent executive office that is focused on pandemic response and total harm minimization, including safely reopening Pennsylvania’s economy. This budget proposal fails to meet our current reality.”