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ICYMI: PennLive: GOP guv candidate Wagner renews call to defund Planned Parenthood. It’s still a bad idea

During a speech to the monthly Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon Wagner underlined his support for cutting off the flow of taxpayer dollars to the women’s health organization Planned Parenthood.

* During a speech to the monthly Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon Wagner underlined his support for cutting off the flow of taxpayer dollars to the women’s health organization Planned Parenthood.

* Wagner is a co-sponsor of a Senate bill that would effectively defund Planned Parenthood by moving it to the back of the line for any state funding. The organization, which provides an array of women’s health services, largely treats low-income and Medicaid recipients.

* Before his exit from the Senate, Wagner signed on as a co-sponsor of a series of bills that would restrict access, including a Wolf-vetoed bill that would have banned abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy; outlawed a common, second-trimester procedure, and criminally punished doctors who performed it.

* Among the bills Wagner also backed was a so-called “heartbeat” bill, which would ban abortions at as early as six weeks, which is before most women even know that they’re pregnant.


ICYMI: PennLive: GOP guv candidate Wagner renews call to defund Planned Parenthood. It’s still a bad idea

Scott Wagner Continues His Call To Defund Planned Parenthood

Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers.

If there are two or three things that we know about GOP gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner, it’s that he’s no fan of taxes, big labor, or abortions.

The York County pol has said time and again this campaign season that he’s “100 percent pro-life” and would support pretty well anything that would restrict access to abortion services.

But that doesn’t mean that every time he’s asked, or says something about it, that his opponents aren’t going to make a thing out of it.

Monday was no different – and Wagner again (justifiably) found himself under fire.

During a speech to the monthly Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon Wagner underlined his support for cutting off the flow of taxpayer dollars to the women’s health organization Planned Parenthood.

Asked directly why he thought why defunding Planned Parenthood was a good idea, Wagner responded thus:

“Well, I’m 100 percent pro-life and I don’t believe the government should be funding an organization that performs abortion,” he said.

A bit of background:

Wagner is a co-sponsor of a Senate bill that would effectively defund Planned Parenthood by moving it to the back of the line for any state funding. The organization, which provides an array of women’s health services, largely treats low-income and Medicaid recipients.

The bill, which is now sitting in the Senate Appropriations Committee, mirrors a similar effort at the federal level to cut off taxpayer support to Planned Parenthood.

Opponents, including Vice President Mike Pence, have tried to paint Planned Parenthood as an “abortion factory.”

But as writers at New York Magazine’s woman-focused website, The Cut, have pointed out, “abortion accounts for only 3 percent of the organization’s health-care services (a statistic that conservatives claim distracts from the actual cost of abortion). The main reasons people visit a Planned Parenthood are contraceptive access (31 percent) and STI/STD testing and treatment (45 percent). More than double the number of people visited Planned Parenthood clinics in 2014 for pregnancy tests than for abortion procedures.”

It’s also not true that, as some critics maintain, that women would have access to abortion services through other clinics if federal funding for Planned Parenthood were to suddenly disappear.

“A study by the Guttmacher Institute found that in the 491 counties where there are currently Planned Parenthood clinics, 103 of them have no other clinics where low-income patients can gain access to affordable contraceptive services, should [Planned Parenthood’s] services be drained,” writers at The Cut noted.

And, in fact, healthcare costs would likely go up if the flow of money disappeared. Some estimates peg the increase in Medicaid spending as high as $650 million over 10 years.

And as we’ve noted in the past, with the U.S. Supreme Court becoming ever-more conservative, women’s rights and women’s health advocates are increasingly looking to friendly governors and Legislatures to protect access to abortion.

It also comes amid a series of regulatory changes, supported by the Trump administration, intended to restrict access to abortion.

Women’s health advocates are backing candidates, like Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who they think will protect access to abortion.

That’s made it one of the key issues of the 2018 campaign in Pennsylvania, where Democratic incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf has said he’ll veto any measure that restricts a woman’s right to choose.

The Republican Legislature, meanwhile? Not so much.

Before his exit from the Senate, Wagner signed on as a co-sponsor of a series of bills that would restrict access, including a Wolf-vetoed bill that would have banned abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy; outlawed a common, second-trimester procedure, and criminally punished doctors who performed it.

Among the bills Wagner also backed was a so-called “heartbeat” bill, which would  ban abortions at as early as six weeks, which is before most women even know that they’re pregnant.

In a statement, Wolf’s re-election campaign again condemned Wagner’s remarks, saying that with his support for that array of ban-bills, he’s “made it clear that, as governor, he would not stand up for the rights of Pennsylvania’s women.”

 

Read the piece here.

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VIDEO: Scott Wagner Doubles Down on Refusal to Release Tax Returns

Yesterday, speaking at the Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon, Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner was asked again why he is refusing to release his tax returns.

Pennsylvania – Yesterday, speaking at the Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon, Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner was asked again why he is refusing to release his tax returns. In his response, Wagner doubled down on his decision to break decades of gubernatorial campaign tradition and hide critical information about his finances from the voters. Again, he said that he will not release his tax returns because he doesn’t want people to know how much he makes.

“Scott Wagner says his tax returns are ‘nobody’s business,’ but the people of Pennsylvania absolutely have a right to know what he is hiding,” said Beth Melena, communications director for the Wolf campaign. “Especially considering his company, PennWaste, is raising rates on small businesses and consumers while Scott Wagner is putting those profits into his campaign coffers.”

WATCH: https://youtu.be/HJCYSlrxH3s

 

BACKGROUND:

Wagner Said He Doesn’t Want Workers Knowing What He Makes. “Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner said he will not release a tax return because his income is nobody else’s business and he suggested that labor unions will use it to try to organize workers at the non-union waste-hauling business he owns.” [AP, 8/21/18]

VIDEO: Wagner Said He Will Not Release His Tax Returns. “[HANRAHAN:] Will you commit right now for releasing your tax returns and medical records? … [WAGNER:] No.” [WGAL Debate, 58:21, 3/01/18]

Wagner First General Election Gubernatorial Candidate Not To Release Tax Returns Since At Least The 1990s. “Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates aren’t required by law to release their tax returns, but candidates for the commonwealth’s highest office have done so for at least six campaigns dating back to the 1990s … According to the Associated Press, state Sen. Scott Wagner, who is described as prominent in the south-central Pennsylvania waste-hauling industry, has refused to say why he won’t release his tax return.” [Altoona Mirror, Editorial, 3/25/18]

Wagner “Blasted” For Refusing To Release Tax Returns. “And [Democrats] have blasted him for refusing to release his tax returns, and for saying he would not relinquish ownership in his businesses — which are regulated by state government — if he were to become governor.” [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 5/07/18]

Editorial Boards Slammed Wagner For Refusing to Release Tax Returns.

Wagner’s remarks about his reluctance to reveal tax returns reveal much about the candidate [PennLive, Editorial, 8/22/18]

Tax returns more crucial [The Times-Tribune, Editorial, 8/13/18]

GOP Governor Candidate Scott Wagner Should Release His Tax Returns. [PennLive, Editorial, 7/26/18]

Candidates Should Release Tax Records. [Daily Item, Editorial, 7/27/18]

Candidates Should Reveal Tax Returns. [Times-Tribune, Editorial, 7/26/18]

Candidates For Pa. Governor Should Disclose Tax Returns.  [Altoona Mirror, Editorial, 3/25/18]

Candidate’s Should Open Tax Records. [Daily Item, Editorial, 3/14/18]

What Are Candidates Hiding By Refusing To Release Tax Returns? [The Intelligencer, Editorial, 4/15/18]

Gubernatorial Candidates Should Release Tax Returns. [Butler Eagle, Editorial, 3/14/18]

GOP Candidates For Governor Should Release Their Tax Returns. [LNP, Editorial, 3/14/18]

Penn Waste Is Raising Rates. “Penn Waste is bound by contracts with its municipal account holders, which usually last for terms of three to five years, Davidson said. If they don’t renegotiate rates now, municipalities will see them skyrocket to retroactively compensate Penn Waste for the revenue it lost on their accounts.” [The Burg, 5/25/18]

Penn Waste Exposed For Raising Rates Because Of Trump’s Trade War. “Penn Waste, which collects recycling from 70 municipalities in the region, implemented new recycling guidelines July 1 in response to changes in Chinese law that limited the recyclable material the country will accept… In response, Penn Waste also is approaching municipalities to see if they can renegotiate waste contracts to add a sustainability fee to help reduce contamination, according to the company’s website.” [York Dispatch, 8/01/18]

Wagner’s Hometown Newspaper Warned Consumers Of His Scheme To Raise Rates. “So, Wagner’s political guru, Donald Trump, starts an unnecessary trade war that hurts Wagner’s business. In response, Wagner wants to raise rates on small businesses and consumers all across this region.” [York Dispatch, Editorial, 8/06/18]

 

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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VIDEO: Scott Wagner Continues His Call to Defund Planned Parenthood

Today, speaking at the Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon, Scott Wagner doubled down on his support for defunding Planned Parenthood.

Philadelphia, PA – Today, speaking at the Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon, Scott Wagner doubled down on his support for defunding Planned Parenthood.

“Scott Wagner as governor would defund Planned Parenthood, stripping access to critical health care services such mammograms, other cancer screenings, and birth control from thousands of Pennsylvania’s women,” said Beth Melena, communications director for the Wolf campaign. “But his anti-women policies don’t stop there– he also said he would sign a 6-week abortion ban bill which would be the most restrictive abortion law in the country, refused to speak out against the Trump administration’s proposed gag rule, and dismissed the concerns of women over the potential reversal of Roe v. Wage by saying, ‘whatever happens, happens.’ Scott Wagner has made it clear that, as governor, he would not stand up for the rights of Pennsylvania’s women.”

 

WATCH: https://youtu.be/h-hzzJwAfPQ

 

BACKGROUND

Wagner “Has Explicitly Said He’d Support Saccone’s Bill” To Ban Abortion As Early As Six Weeks. “One of the three GOP gubernatorial hopefuls, state Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York, has explicitly said he’d support Saccone’s bill.” [PennLive, 5/09/18]

Scott Wagner co-sponsored SB 300, a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood. [SB 300, 3/28/17]

Wagner Spokesperson Romeo: Wagner “Will Sign Pro-Life Legislation As Governor.” “In a statement sent to Breitbart News, Wagner spokesman Andrew Romeo said, ‘While Tom Wolf is being funded by a group that prioritizes abortions, and has vetoed pro-life bills on their behalf, Scott has a strong record standing up for the unborn in the Senate and will sign pro-life legislation as governor.’” [Breitbart, 6/15/18]

Wagner Supports Overturning Roe v. Wade. “When asked about the possibility of Donald Trump nominating another pro-life Supreme Court Justice who would overturn Roe v. Wade, Wagner responded by saying, “I am 100% pro-life, and I have a 100% pro-life voting record.” [PA Dems Release, 7/11/18]

Wagner: “…whatever happens, happens” on Roe v. Wade: “If a more conservative U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Roe v. Wade decision and returns the issue of abortion rights to the states, Pennsylvania’s next governor could find a bill banning abortion on his desk… ‘It may, and whatever happens, happens,’ [Wagner] said.” [WHYY, 07/20/18]

 

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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MEMO: Scott Wagner is Running from His Anti-Education Record

Ahead of Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner’s appearance at the Pennsylvania Press Club this afternoon, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight Wagner’s real record on education.

 

To: Interested Parties

From: Beth Melena, communications director, Tom Wolf for Governor

RE: Scott Wagner is Running from His Anti-Education Record

Date: August 27, 2018

 

Ahead of Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner’s appearance at the Pennsylvania Press Club this afternoon, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight Wagner’s real record on education. Candidate Scott Wagner can try to run from Senator Scott Wagner, but the simple truth is that Wagner has a history of pushing anti-education policies, advocating for firing teachers, and threatening our children’s futures by supporting legislation that cuts billions from our schools.

Scott Wagner has:

  • Supported Harrisburg Republicans’ $1 billion cut to education which led to cuts to important programs like pre-k, larger class sizes, and teacher layoffs.
  • Called for laying off 10% of teachers in Pennsylvania.
  • Supported school choice legislation that would strip billions from public education.
  • Explicitly said he would not devote more money to public schools.
  • Put our children’s safety at risk by refusing to support stronger background checks and more school safety funding.
  • Said that schools are overfunded while sitting in a helicopter he chartered to show a reporter school campuses that he believes are overfunded.

These are the facts. But now, Candidate Scott Wagner is trying desperately to run away from Harrisburg Senator Scott Wagner’s record. No amount of lies or abracadabra math can hide the truth– Scott Wagner is an anti-education candidate who 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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