Anti-Tax Activist Throws Corbett to the Wolves

Grover Norquist on PA transportation bill: “It’s a tax increase.”

Chris Brennan reports that Gov. Tom Corbett isn’t getting much support from Grover Norquist, the man best known for getting Republican candidates across the nation to sign “no new taxes” pledges — and breaking those who don’t.

Corbett last year pushed for and then signed into law a transportation bill that will raise $2.3 billion to $2.4 billion per year for road and bridge repairs and mass transit.

Corbett’s campaign commercials now say he kept his promise not to raise taxes. His campaign spokesman, Chris Pack, insists that the legislation merely “removed an artificial cap on the liquid-fuel tax that oil companies pay.”


Norquist isn't buying that.

"Removing a cap is an effort to raise taxes," he said yesterday. "It's a tax increase."

Despite that, Norquist predicts Republicans will stick with Corbett rather than vote for a Democrat they deem more likely to raise even more taxes. But his comments fall well short of an endorsement.

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  • crateish

    Norquist and Corbett. Both fighting to destroy the middle-class.

  • DTurner

    So how does Mr. Norquist propose that we pay for our infrastructure? I’d like to know.

  • dagbat

    So what does Mr. Norquist want other than to whine? Compared to a big spending big deficit more taxes democrat, Governor Corbett is a less spending let’s balance the budget and lower personal taxes Mr. Thrifty. Exactly what PA and the middle class needs to create jobs and increase take home pay.

  • Merrill

    Oh, PLEASE! As if anyone should respect Loser Norquist’s destructive decree. You’re gonna get voted out of Congress! Then you can sit on ur fat ass & count your money – $$$ you stole from the poor, America’s former middle class.