Americans for Prosperity – Pennsylvania sent mailers to people living in certain lawmakers’ districts, urging them to oppose Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal.
In a news release Tuesday, the group said it targeted the districts of 15 lawmakers, including three from York County: state Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township; state Rep. Kate Klunk, R-Hanover; and state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York Township. The mailers say Wolf isn’t fixing the state’s $50 billion public pension deficit and that his budget would raise income taxes by 20 percent.
Wolf’s press secretary, Jeff Sheridan, called Americans for Prosperity a “right-wing fringe group” and said the mailers are misleading. He said the mailers ignore the property tax reduction the governor is proposing and the governor’s pension funding proposals.
Sheridan said it’s estimated Wolf’s plan will save $1.3 billion over five years and more than $10 billion over a longer time period. Sheridan said Wolf’s plan addresses the unfunded pension liability.
Jason High, Wagner’s chief of staff, said people are welcome to call Wagner’s office. But High said Wagner “has been pretty clear about his position on spending and taxes. …We do not have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem.”