He was for exempting American shipping from Panama Canal tolls and also supported woman suffrage.
As to the proprietors Franklin succeeded in 1760 in securing an understanding that the assembly should pass an act exempting from taxation the unsurveyed waste lands of the Penn estate, the surveyed waste lands being assessed at the usual rate for other property of that description.
In 1851 a compromise measure was substituted, increasing the state appropriation to $800,000 and exempting indigent parents from the " rate bill," which was finally abolished in 1867.
A similar enactment exempting the clergy, known as Cain Pairaic, was agreed to in 803.
In April 1687 he published a Declaration of Indulgence - exempting Catholics and Dissenters from penal statutes.