When Pennsylvania's outgoing Republican Governor John Fine last year said that the state urgently needed some $300 million in new taxes, no one was more indignant than George Leader, Democratic candidate for governor. Efficient (Democratic) administration and strict (Democratic) economies, cried Leader, would solve Pennsylvania's fiscal problems. He won election by campaigning against new "broad-base" taxes, including income taxes.

Last week Governor Leader sent to the state legislature a proposal for a tax with as broad a base as Pennsylvania itself. Calling for $620 million in new revenues, Leader set up five income-tax classifications: 1% on wages and salaries; 2%...

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