HARRISBURG (AP) – Democrat gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro is rolling out the first tax proposal of his candidacy. Shapiro said he would use surplus state cash and federal pandemic aid to eliminate 11% state taxes on cell phone bills, send payments to car-owning households, and expand PA‘s rent and property tax rebate program. Shapiro’s plan comes out as high gas prices have made cutting gas taxes a hot topic. Shapiro says households could get a $250 payment for each passenger vehicle. His proposal to expand the property tax and rent rebate program would roughly triple the cost, by an estimated $424 million, and possibly expand the number of applicants by about 60%.

JOSH SHAPIRO