Factcheck.org rebuts Corbett ads targeting Wolf

Democrat Tom Wolf and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett (Matt Rourke/AP Photos)

Democrat Tom Wolf and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett (Matt Rourke/AP Photos)

The website factcheck.org has issued a blistering report on two campaign ads by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

The TV advertisements say Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf wants to raise income taxes on the middle class.

In fact, Wolf is proposing to cut income taxes for the middle class and poor, while making wealthy Pennsylvanians pay more. He has said he considers a middle-class salary to fall somewhere between $70,000 and $90,000 annually.

“The people who would benefit from Wolf’s plan are people who are in the middle-income area,” said Eugene Kiely, director of factcheck.org. “So for Corbett to say that Wolf is promising to raise middle-class taxes is inaccurate because those are the very people who would benefit from Wolf’s plan.”

Chris Pack, a spokesman for Corbett’s campaign, said the article by factcheck.org is “biased” and “wildly inaccurate,” and that Wolf has failed to release important details about his tax plan. Recent polls show Corbett is trailing Wolf by double digits.

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