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Governor Wolf Thanks the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police for Their Endorsement

Yesterday, the Fraternal Order of Police Pennsylvania State Lodge unanimously endorsed Governor Tom Wolf for reelection.

Philadelphia, PA – Yesterday, the Fraternal Order of Police Pennsylvania State Lodge unanimously endorsed Governor Tom Wolf for reelection.

“I would like to thank the Fraternal Order of Police Pennsylvania State Lodge for endorsing me for reelection,” said Governor Wolf. “But more importantly, I’d like to thank our police officers for their service to the people of Pennsylvania. Each and everyone of them put their lives on the line daily to protects us all. I remain committed to ensuring that our police officers to have the resources they need in order to continue their selfless work.”

“Gov. Wolf has been an active supporter of our law enforcement community, the officers and their families,” said Les Neri, The Fraternal Order of Police Pennsylvania State Lodge President. “We are proud to endorse the governor for a second term.”

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ICYMI: WJAC: Rep. Conklin calls out Wagner, pushing for others to release tax returns

Rep. Scott Conklin is calling out Wagner, simply saying that for years people have been concerned about where candidates get their campaign money from.

* Rep. Scott Conklin is calling out Wagner, simply saying that for years people have been concerned about where candidates get their campaign money from. That’s why Monday, he said he’s pushing for new laws, for those running for a major elected office.

* Wagner is the first candidate in at least 20 years, who hasn’t released his returns. It’s something he announced early on during the primaries. But Conklin said it’s an issue across the board — so much that he’s in the works of writing a new legislation to address the matter.


ICYMI: WJAC: Rep. Conklin calls out Wagner, pushing for others to release tax returns

STATE COLLEGE – The race for state governor is just heating up and in Centre County, a Democratic state representative is demanding that Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner release his tax returns, though Wagner isn’t his only focus.

Rep. Scott Conklin is calling out Wagner, simply saying that for years people have been concerned about where candidates get their campaign money from. That’s why Monday, he said he’s pushing for new laws, for those running for a major elected office.

“In the last few years you’ve seen governors, president, other positions are billionaires or multimillionaires themselves so the agenda that they’re pushing may be a personal agenda.; one that is only to benefit them,” said Conklin, a Democrat representing the 77th District.

Conklin is demanding that Wagner, the GOP gubernatorial candidate and successful businessman and others running for big offices release their tax returns.

“I believe that Scott Wagner should release his federal taxes as much as Gov. Tom Wolf has released his for full transparency to show the public exactly where his money comes from because he’s self-financing this campaign,” Conklin said.

Wagner is the first candidate in at least 20 years, who hasn’t released his returns. It’s something he announced early on during the primaries.

But Conklin said it’s an issue across the board — so much that he’s in the works of writing a new legislation to address the matter.

He said his bill would prohibit those running for more higher offices like governor, Supreme Court and Congress — from appearing on the ballot if they don’t release their tax returns.

“Any candidate running, if they don’t disclose their federal income tax 90 days before an election, cannot be placed on the ballot,” Conklin said of his proposal. “And if they still don’t do it and they happen to win they cannot be seated until they disclose these taxes, because the public deserves to know.”

6 News reached out to Wagner and his campaign but has received no word yet whether he will release his tax returns. The campaign sent us a statement saying in part that Wagner has been transparent by meeting every single disclosure requirement but that statement didn’t answer our question.

The statement given by Wagner communications director Andrew Romeo states:

“Scott has been transparent by meeting every single disclosure requirement. Governor Wolf is hiding from Pennsylvanians how much of their hard earned dollars he’s giving to Amazon, won’t reveal the facts surrounding Mike Stack’s mistreatment of staff despite the fact that the investigation was funded by tax payers, and won’t explain why he still has Mary Isenhour on his campaign team, even though she did not block the appointment of Tim Solobay despite knowing he had committed acts of of sexual harassment prior to being named to the post. So if Governor Wolf wants to make this race a referendum on transparency, we like our chances at the ballot box.”

Conklin said he hopes to get his bill drafted and passed to help voters know what motivates a candidate and who is financing them.

Read the piece here.

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Governor Wolf Visits Areas Affected by Severe Weather, Provides Recovery Update

Yesterday Governor Wolf toured areas in central Pennsylvania that have been heavily impacted by flooding and heavy rains.

Yesterday Governor Wolf toured areas in central Pennsylvania that have been heavily impacted by flooding and heavy rains. After the tour, the governor and public safety cabinet officials provided an update about the extent of the impact and next steps for clean-up.

According to WTVA:

“While Governor Wolf was in Tremont, he spoke to the members of the American Legion Post 384. A portion of the Legion was badly damaged by flood waters this week. He also met with first responders and other volunteers who have been working to pump water from homes all week. He said he came out to Schuylkill County to show support to the people who are dealing with this flooding.”

“Touring the state today gave me an up-close look at the intensity of the rain over the past days and how it affected residents,” Gov. Wolf said. “Most importantly, I was able to check on the safety of people in these hard-hit communities and speak with them to learn how the state can help.”

Officials and residents are now coming together to move forward with clean up and to work to restore their communities. Governor Wolf and his administration will continue to do all that they can to help the communities recover and get back to normal.

Scott Wagner’s Awful Week in Review

If it’s Friday, that means we are wrapping up yet another week in which Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner was hiding critical information from voters, pushing lies about Governor Wolf, and reminding us all how truly out of touch he is with the people of Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia, PA – If it’s Friday, that means we are wrapping up yet another week in which Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner was hiding critical information from voters, pushing lies about Governor Wolf, and reminding us all how truly out of touch he is with the people of Pennsylvania. Let’s debrief:

Wagner woke up Monday morning to see that PennLive Morning Coffee reported that he is the first gubernatorial candidate in over 20 years not to release his tax returns while his company, Penn Waste, is raising rates on small business owners and consumers. Later in the week, State Senators Jay Costa and Vincent Hughes demanded Wagner release his tax returns, questioning what he is trying to hide from the people of Pennsylvania.

Editorial boards across the commonwealth similarly took issue with Wagner’s lack of transparency. The Daily Item, PennLive, and the Times-Tribune all published scathing editorials in which they called on Wagner to release his tax returns. Wagner seems to not have received the message because he is still refusing to give Pennsylvanians the answers they deserve.

Meanwhile, Wagner is still facing harsh criticism for lying about Governor Wolf’s education record. On Tuesday, Governor Wolf called out Wagner’s big education lie, emphasizing that he has fully restored the billion dollar cut to education made by Harrisburg Republicans while Wagner supported and continues to advocate for cuts to our schools. On Wednesday, PennLive reiterated that Wagner is spreading fake news, calling his claim that Governor Wolf wants to cut education funding a “well-documented falsehood” that has “been thoroughly debunked.”

If Wagner’s refusal to heed calls to release his tax returns and insistence on pushing fake news isn’t enough evidence of how out of touch he is, then a 2015 video that is circulating really puts the cherry on the cake. The video shows Wagner saying schools are overfunded while sitting in a helicopter he chartered for the sole purpose of showing a reporter school campuses he believes prove schools are overfunded.

If you’re shocked about how much Wagner got wrong in only one week, just imagine what four years with him as governor would bring.

Check out the coverage:

PennLive: ‘What’s Scott Wagner hiding?’ Wolf asks of Republican rival’s refusal to release his tax returns | Monday Morning Coffee

The Daily Item: Candidates Should Release Tax Records

The Times-Tribune: Candidates should reveal tax returns.

Penn Live: GOP governor candidate Scott Wagner should release his tax returns | Editorial

Tribune-Review: Senate Democratic leader Jay Costa calls on Scott Wagner to release tax returns

WESA: Democrats Blast Wagner For Not Releasing Tax Returns

Post-Gazette: Sen. Jay Costa calls on Pa. gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner to release tax returns

Pittsburgh City Paper: Pittsburgh state Sen. Jay Costa says Gov. candidate Scott Wagner should release tax returns

PennLive: In new ad, Wagner challenges Wolf to learn the issues. He needs to do homework, too

 

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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