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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hillary Supporters Literally Speechless on Her Accomplishments

The shortest list ever? Try Hillary Clinton's accomplishments.

Hillary Supporters Literally Speechless on Her Accomplishments | Truth Revolt

Wussy nation

Boy Scouts of America Bans Water Gun Fights | Truth Revolt

Hillary Clinton Plans to Corner the Illegal Immigrant Vote in 2016

Clinton Campaign Hires Illegal Immigrant as Staffer | Truth Revolt

Guest Column: Pa. business leaders reject Gov. Wolf's tax plans

By Lowman S. Henry

The governor of Pennsylvania decided to use his perceived electoral mandate to take on one of the biggest issues that has confronted and confounded the commonwealth for decades: property tax reform. So he advanced a plan that would raise sales and personal income taxes in exchange for a cut in property taxes.

Sound familiar? The year was 1989 and the governor was Robert P. Casey whose tax reform plan was put on a statewide ballot referendum and was soundly defeated by voters. Fast forward to 2015 and Gov. Tom Wolf has placed on the table a property tax reform plan that strongly resembles the doomed Casey proposal. Except the Wolf plan doesn’t even include the dollar for dollar reductions required of the Casey effort.

As despised as property taxes are, and polling consistently finds the levy to be the most disliked, finding an acceptable alternative remains elusive. The Wolf plan appears to have little support in the General Assembly; in fact House Republicans have passed their own proposal.  But it too fails to totally eliminate school property taxes leaving the door open for millage rates to simply increase again over time.

An indication of how unpopular the Wolf tax reform plan is can be found in the recent Keystone Business Climate Survey of business owners and chief executive officers conducted by the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research. Nearly 70 percent of the business leaders said the Wolf property tax shift would result in only a temporary drop in property taxes which would then go back up.

Another 14 percent predicted his plan would actually lead to property tax increases; only 15 percent expect to see property taxes decline under the Wolf proposal.

Not only does the poll demonstrate disapproval of the Wolf property tax plan, but the survey found the biggest six-month decline in business climate optimism since the onset of the Great Recession in 2008. In fact, in the 20 year history of the poll only during that recession and in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks has business climate optimism dropped so far so fast.

Last September, for the first time since George W. Bush was re-elected in 2004, more business leaders said the state’s economic climate had improved that felt it had gotten worse. The indicator rose into positive territory by just 1 percent, but it capped a steady move in a positive direction. All of that has changed. The number of owners/CEOs saying business conditions have improved over the past six months has fallen to just 13 percent, while the number saying business conditions have gotten worse has nearly doubled since last fall.

The only variable to change during that six month period was the election of Gov. Tom Wolf. Republican Gov. Tom Corbett left office with a 52 percent job approval rating. Gov. Tom Wolf’s first job approval test yielded just 15 percent approval with 69 percent of the state’s business leaders saying they disapprove of the job he is doing.

Driving the dour mood among the people who actually run businesses — big and small — is a general disapproval of Gov. Wolf’s budget proposals. A total of 78 percent disapprove of his proposed budget.

Overall 80 percent say the governor’s proposed state budget will harm the state’s business climate. As a side note, Pennsylvania’s high tax rates and stringent regulatory policies are viewed by the owners/CEOs as the biggest impediments to conducting business in the commonwealth.  They now fear that situation is about to get even worse so the state’s job creators are bracing themselves for higher taxes. 

Overall the survey results represent a sound and complete repudiation of Gov. Tom Wolf’s first proposed state budget along with the major revisions and tax hikes contained within the proposal.  Like Gov. Casey before him, his ambitious tax reform plans are deeply unpopular and may be destined for the same fate.

Lowman S. Henry is Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research in Harrisburg and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal.  His email address is lhenry@lincolnisntitute.org

Feds say 'sham' cancer charities spent donations on luxury cruises, Hooters meals, dating websites

Feds say 'sham' cancer charities spent donations on luxury cruises, Hooters meals, dating websites

No Strings: Stephanopoulos Edition


In wake of Stephanopoulos fiasco, who is a journalist?

Cal Thomas: Who is a journalist?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Her Royal Hillaryness Teaches Impertinent Reporter A Lesson For Daring To Ask A Question

Her Royal Hillaryness Teaches Impertinent Reporter A Lesson For Daring To Ask A Question | Truth Revolt

Media Hall of Shame: ABC's $105M Contract with a Clinton Apologist

Media Hall of Shame: ABC's $105 Million Contract with a Clinton Apologist | Truth Revolt

State-Run Health Exchanges: A Terrible Track Record

State-Run Health Exchanges: A Terrible Track Record

You Can't Trust Hillary

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Democratic Philly D.A. to charge four election officials with fraud

Philly D.A. to charge four election officials with fraud

It's primary election day in Pa., but 1.1M voters won't be allowed to vote

In Pa., 1.1M voters opt for a candidate, not a party

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf wants state to impose lottery tax

It's bad enough that Pennsylvania, like so many other states, lure low-income people into buying lottery tickets with astronomical odds of winning, but should you strike it rich, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf wants to take a chunk of your winnings with a new tax.

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf wants state to share in lottery luck

Saturday, May 16, 2015

MSNBC Ratings Hit 10-Year Ratings Low

Time for Al Sharpton to start another riot.
MSNBC Hits 10-Year Ratings Low | Truth Revolt

All the Marvel Movies in 7 Minutes

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Judge Brilliantly Defends Keeping 'Under God' in Pledge

Judge Brilliantly Defends Keeping 'Under God' in Pledge | Truth Revolt

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Clintons Weigh in on the Tom Brady Scandal


Teacher Fired After Class Sent 'Get Well' Letters to Convicted Cop Killer

3rd Grade Teacher Fired After Class Sent 'Get Well' Letters to Convicted Cop Killer | Truth Revolt

Rubio on Hillary: 'This Country Cannot Afford Another 8 Years of a Soap Opera'

Rubio on Hillary: 'This Country Cannot Afford Another 8 Years of a Soap Opera' | Truth Revolt

Hillary Settles on 2016 Running Mate ...


Whither Faith? The Alarming Decline of Christianity in the U.S.

Bill O'Reilly: Whither Faith?

Gosnell case haunts PA Gov. Wolf cabinet nominee

Gosnell case haunts Wolf cabinet nominee

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What Hillary Clinton and Lois Lerner have in common


Update: Stephanopoulos gave $75,000 to Clinton Foundation

This guy is making Brian Williams appear more credible by the minute ...
George Stephanopoulos discloses $50,000 contribution to Clinton Foundation