HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania's middle class is getting lots of attention from the gubernatorial candidates, but the TV campaign messages are vague and sometimes wrong.
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An attack ad for Republican incumbent Tom Corbett claims Democratic challenger Tom Wolf wants to "raise the state income tax on many middle-class Pennsylvania families."
Wolf says his income tax overhaul plan would lower taxes for households with incomes of up to $90,000 and shift higher taxes onto the wealthiest Pennsylvanians.
In a counterattack ad, Wolf claims Corbett has been "sticking it to the middle class."
Wolf cites a nearly $900 million reduction in school funding in 2011 that he says forced up local property taxes, plus more than $2 billion a year in increased gas taxes and motorist fees for transportation improvements.