Pew Poll: No to Tax Boosts

Publication: Philadelphia Daily News

Author: Catherine Lucey


04/24/2009 - It's a tough time to be mayor.

Most Philadelphians oppose the proposed tax hikes in Mayor Nutter's budget, according to a new poll from Pew Charitable Trusts that also reveals public support for hizzoner has weakened.

The survey, commissioned by Pew's Philadelphia Research Initiative, asked residents how they felt about Nutter's plans to raise sales and property taxes temporarily to deal with a $1.4 billion five-year budget gap. An overwhelming 86 percent of respondents opposed a property-tax hike and 53 percent were against a sales-tax increase.

And the poll suggests there is little support for a wage-tax increase either - which City Council has floated as a way to help close the budget gap. Sixty-eight percent of respondents opposed a wage-tax hike.

Read the full article Pew Poll: No to Tax Boosts on the Philadelphia Daily News' Web site.

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