Scott Wagner Unveils Shocking New Plan to Close Pennsylvania Schools

This weekend, The Bradford Era reported that Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner called for closing down Pennsylvania schools, a seismic shift in Pennsylvania’s education system.

Pennsylvania – This weekend, The Bradford Era reported that Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner called for closing down Pennsylvania schools, a seismic shift in Pennsylvania’s education system. Read more about his plan below:

Wagner said a governor’s representative will go to every county to do an assessment of the schools. And maybe, he suggested, it might be prudent to consolidate some in areas where some schools are underperforming.

“I think people are not starting to realize we have way too many schools in an area,” he said. “We need to start having some honest conversations, but we also have to move fast. Someone is successful in their life based on the education they have.”

“Scott Wagner’s new plan to shutter schools is a shocking shift in Pennsylvania’s education system and would disproportionately affect rural and suburban schools,” said Beth Melena, communications director for Tom Wolf for Governor. “Parents and children should be terrified by Wagner, who has also supported Harrisburg Republicans’  billion dollar cut to education, called for laying off 10% of teachers in Pennsylvania, and said he would not devote more money to public schools. It’s clear that Scott Wagner as governor would be dangerous for our children, and he would take Pennsylvania backwards.”

 

BACKGROUND

Wagner Supported Harrisburg Republicans’ $1 Billion Cut to Education.

INTERVIEWER: Well, they say the Governor runs the largest corporation in the state.  He is the chief executive officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He’s come out with some pretty dramatic changes for the budget in this coming season, but we still have ⅔ of Pennsylvanians are opposed to the cuts in education.  If you were to give him advice, would you tell him to stick to his guns on these dramatic cuts that he’s making across the board. Education’s hit the worst, but everybody’s getting hit.

WAGNER: “Yes, I believe that Governor Corbett needs to stick to his plan.” [Behind the Headlines, 5/23/11]

Wagner Advocated For Laying Off 10% of Teachers in Pennsylvania. “‘We have 180,000 teachers in the state of Pennsylvania,’ Wagner said. ‘If we laid off 10 percent of the teachers in the state of Pennsylvania, we’d never miss them.’” [ABC27, 6/29/15]

Wagner Co-Sponsored Bill Which Could Guy $1.7 Billion from Public Education. “But every time a student opts to take the money, the same number of dollars would be subtracted from his or her home district. In theory, that could reach about 1.7 billion dollars, a fifth of the amount spent by the state on K-12 public education.” [WHYY, 5/22/18]

Wagner Would Not Devote More Money To Public Schools. “To a great extent, it appeared that two candidates — Paul Mango and Scott Wagner — would be unwilling to devote more money to public schools … Scott Wagner … said he believes the state spends ‘enough money’ on public schools, while stressing the need for frugality, fewer regulations and more accountability.” [Associated Press, 3/07/18]

Wagner Said The State Should Not Spend More On Public Education. “The candidates — State Sen. Scott Wagner of York County; Paul Mango, a retired health-care consultant, and lawyer Laura Ellsworth, both from the Pittsburgh area — agreed that the state shouldn’t spend more money on public education…” [Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/06/18]

Wagner Twice Voted Against Restoring Funding For The Safe School Initiative. In April 2017, House Bill 218 eliminated money for the Safe School Initiative. The Senate restored that funding in their version of the budget, and Wagner voted against it in committee and on the floor. [HB 218, General Fund State Appropriations, 4/03/17, Senate Appropriations Committee Vote, Roll Call #391, 6/29/17, RCS# 206, 6/30/17]

HEADLINE: “State Senator Who Can Afford To Charter Helicopters On Whim Says Public Schools Overfunded.” [Huffington Post, 6/05/15]

 

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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As Election Approaches, Scott Wagner Embarrasses Himself in New (and Old) Ways

With just 46 days to go until Election Day, Scott Wagner is receiving a steady drumbeat of criticism for his racist comments, lack of transparency, and transphobic campaign staff.

Pennsylvania – With just 46 days to go until Election Day, Scott Wagner is receiving a steady drumbeat of criticism for his racist comments, lack of transparency, and transphobic campaign staff. Here’s a brief summary of all of the ways that he embarrassed himself, his campaign, and Pennsylvania just this week:

  1. First, PennLive reported that Wagner retold a notorious story from a white nationalist site comparing immigrants to a raccoon infestation at his campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre earlier this month. Wagner refused to apologize.
  2. Then, the Associated Press reported that Wagner is still refusing to release his tax returns, despite the fact that his company relies on government contracts and could pose conflicts of interest.
  3. To wrap it all up, the Philadelphia Gay News reminded us that Wagner still has not taken action against his campaign consultant Ray Zaborney who recently shared a transphobic meme or his campaign manager Jason High who received the meme yet didn’t condemn Zaborney.

We’ll at least give Wagner points for his ability to come up with innovative new ways to embarrass himself. And we look forward to seeing what else he will do in the coming weeks.

 

Check out the coverage below:

PennLive: ‘We are being invaded:’ Republican Scott Wagner repeats anecdote from white nationalist site

Inquirer: Scott Wagner, Republican nominee for governor, shares story about ‘raccoon’ infestation, invasion

Tribune Review: Democrats criticize Wagner for reading InfoWars letter at campaign event

AP: Releasing tax returns an issue again – in governor’s races

Philadelphia Gay News: Wagner faces backlash for transphobic meme

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ICYMI: Associated Press: Releasing tax returns an issue again – in governor’s races

It wasn’t a scene from the 2016 presidential race. Rather, it was from this year’s campaign for governor in Pennsylvania, where the Republican challenger who has made millions from his trash-hauling business has refused to release his tax returns.

* It wasn’t a scene from the 2016 presidential race. Rather, it was from this year’s campaign for governor in Pennsylvania, where the Republican challenger who has made millions from his trash-hauling business has refused to release his tax returns.

* Wagner has said he will not divest his ownership of the $75 million waste hauling business should he win. That has raised alarms with transparency advocates about the potential for conflict because state government heavily regulates municipal waste.

* He has given varied reasons for his refusal to open his tax returns for review — saying at one point it was because they were “very complicated.” At another, he said unions would use them to promote his wealth in an attempt to organize his company’s workers.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The candidate had just chided the media minutes earlier for not being tougher on his opponent when the moderator asked him what might be his least favorite campaign question: Why won’t you release your tax returns?

It wasn’t a scene from the 2016 presidential race. Rather, it was from this year’s campaign for governor in Pennsylvania, where the Republican challenger who has made millions from his trash-hauling business has refused to release his tax returns.

“How much I make or don’t make is nobody’s business, frankly,” the candidate, Scott Wagner, responded during a question-and-answer forum.

The incumbent, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, released his tax return in what he said was a nod to transparency. The discrepancy between the two candidates and the ongoing dispute highlights a fact that was overlooked in the controversy over then-candidate Donald Trump’s refusal to release his returns during the 2016 presidential race: The nation’s other executive branch leaders — state governors — also are not required to release their tax returns and often don’t.

The release-or-not-to-release calculation has been on full display in Wagner’s uphill bid to unseat Wolf in Pennsylvania.

Wagner has said he will not divest his ownership of the $75 million waste hauling business should he win. That has raised alarms with transparency advocates about the potential for conflict because state government heavily regulates municipal waste.

He has given varied reasons for his refusal to open his tax returns for review — saying at one point it was because they were “very complicated.” At another, he said unions would use them to promote his wealth in an attempt to organize his company’s workers.

Wagner maintains that he has complied with state requirements to disclose sources of income, that he owes no back taxes and provides charitable contributions through his company. Democrats say his word is not enough.

In a statement, the state Democratic Party said Wagner’s “refusal to release his tax returns raises questions about what he could be hiding.”

Read the full piece here.

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AUDIO: Wagner Suggests Cutting Off Philadelphia from Pennsylvania

Today in Philadelphia, Scott Wagner unveiled another half baked policy plan, this time to support cities. Once again, Wagner is doing a complete about-face on the issue. Wagner has suggested cutting Philadelphia off from the rest of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania – Today in Philadelphia, Scott Wagner unveiled another half baked policy plan, this time to support cities. Once again, Wagner is doing a complete about-face on the issue. Wagner has suggested cutting Philadelphia off from the rest of Pennsylvania.

“Like a typical Harrisburg politician, Scott Wagner is lying out of political desperation,” said Beth Melena, communications director for Tom Wolf for Governor. “Wagner has previously suggested cutting Philadelphia off from the rest of Pennsylvania and now he claims he’s the leader who will best represent their views. Scott Wagner is the very worst of Harrisburg.”

LISTEN HERE: https://youtu.be/iu-1MElkNGA

 

BACKGROUND

Wagner Suggested Cutting Philadelphia Off From Pennsylvania: “Let Philadelphia Go On Their Own.” Scott Wagner said on the Gary Sutton Show on News Radio 910 WSBA, “I’m actually thinking about another bill. I’m thinking about another bill that we could cut Philadelphia off from the rest of Pennsylvania and let Philadelphia go on their own, because, you know what? Governor Wolf is really representing Philadelphia in this budget.” [News Radio 910 WSBA, ~19:40, uploaded 10/19/15]

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