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VIDEO: Scott Wagner Says Schools Are Overfunded While Sitting In Helicopter He Chartered

Scott Wagner is doing his very best to paint himself as a pro-education candidate. But he can’t hide his record from Pennsylvania voters.

Pennsylvania – Scott Wagner is doing his very best to paint himself as a pro-education candidate. But he can’t hide his record from Pennsylvania voters.

In one of the most out of touch moments Wagner’s ever had, and after the devastating billion dollar cut to education he supported,  Wagner said 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. During this helicopter ride, he said,  “Governor Wolf wants to dump another billion dollars into the school districts. Honestly, if I had to vote on that today my vote would be no. I don’t believe the schools need a billion dollars.”

“Scott Wagner is an anti-education candidate who supported the Harrisburg Republicans’ one billion cut to education that led to larger class sizes, educator layoffs, and cuts to important programs like pre-k,” said Beth Melena, Wolf campaign communications director. “Not only did he support the billion dollar cuts to schools, but he also vehemently opposed Governor Wolf’s plan to restore those cuts and has repeatedly said that schools are overfunded. Scott Wagner can’t hide his anti-education record from the people of Pennsylvania while insisting schools are overfunded from a helicopter he chartered.”

WATCH: https://youtu.be/6V3tsXS7HNw

 

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 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]

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

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VIDEO: Why is Scott Wagner Refusing to Release His Tax Returns?

Today, the Wolf campaign launched a video to highlight how Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner is hiding from the people of Pennsylvania by refusing to release his tax returns.

Pennsylvania – Today, the Wolf campaign launched a video to highlight how Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner is hiding from the people of Pennsylvania by refusing to release his tax returns. He is the first gubernatorial candidate in over 20 years not to release them. Meanwhile, his company, Penn Waste, is raising rates on small business owners and consumers.

What is Scott Wagner hiding? Is he trying to bail out his failing business by raising rates on his customers? The people of Pennsylvania deserve answers.

WATCH: https://youtu.be/Ov-qqGLSsNg

 

BACKGROUND

VIDEO: Wagner Says 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 “Declined To Say” Why He Will Not Release His Tax Returns. “… Scott Wagner, a state senator who is prominent in south-central Pennsylvania’s waste-hauling industry, declined to say through his campaign why he will not release a tax return.” [Associated Press, 3/11/18]

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.

  • 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]

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Governor Wolf Touts Importance of Education for Pennsylvania’s Economy

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf joined the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in Philadelphia.

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf joined the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in Philadelphia. This event highlighted the significant progress Pennsylvania has made in its ability to prepare students with the skills for a successful career in the 21st century economy, and the substantial investments in education the governor has made to reverse years of cuts made by his predecessors.

WHYY reported on the success of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading thus far:

“In 2017, the portion of public school third-graders who scored proficient or better on the PSSA exam increased five percentage points — from 30 percent to 35 percent — and fourth-grade scores made a similar leap. When mixing in charter and Catholic school students, about 42 percent of Philly third-graders read on grade level, according to the Read by 4th campaign.”

“My administration is laser-focused on improving education at all levels and investing in our schools and our children is my top priority,” said Governor Wolf. “We have fully restored education funding cut during the previous administration, ensured students are ready for college or to start their career, and provided unprecedented support for high-quality pre-k programs so young children can start developing strong reading skills needed for success in school and beyond.”

Additionally, this March, Governor Wolf secured $30 million for his workforce development initiative, PAsmart. The program helps connect Pennsylvanians with resources for working and training in Pennsylvania and is the first of its kind.

“Not every child in Pennsylvania will go to a four-year college, but every child needs the skills to compete for a good job,” said Governor Wolf. “With PAsmart, we are investing in a well-educated, highly-trained and skilled workforce that is ready for the in-demand fields that new or expanding businesses need in Pennsylvania.”

Over the past three years, the Wolf Administration has made significant investments in education from pre-kindergarten to college and career and technical education, including:

Governor Wolf has been a champion for schools since taking office in 2015. He has expanded state-funded preschool by $115 million which added thousands of slots in PA Pre-K Counts and in head start Supplemental Assistance program (HSSAP). Because of Governor Wolf’s funding increases in total, more than 29,250 children will receive services through both programs.

Scott Wagner Pushing A “Well-Documented Falsehood” That Has “Been Thoroughly Debunked”

This morning, PennLive reiterated that Scott Wagner is spreading fake news about Governor Wolf’s education record.

Pennsylvania – This morning, PennLive reiterated that Scott Wagner is spreading fake news about Governor Wolf’s education record. The column reads:

“But if Wagner is challenging Wolf to bone up on the issues, he’ll need to do a tad bit of homework himself. First up, Wolf isn’t going to cut funding for 362 schools. That’s a well-documented falsehood, stemming from Wolf’s comments about implementing a new school funding formula that has been thoroughly debunked.”

Governor Wolf has always been a champion of investing in our schools, while Scott Wagner has been the exact opposite. Don’t take our word for it. Here’s what papers across the state have said:

Bill White, Morning Call: “state Sen. Scott Wagner, has attacked “hold harmless” as a state senator and gubernatorial candidate, not to mention consistently opposed increases in school funding. It’s hard to imagine a less likely education candidate.”

York Dispatch: “Wagner, meanwhile, has made numerous statements over the years that make it clear he’s no great friend to education, particularly our teachers. He once said ‘if we laid off 10 percent of the teachers in Pennsylvania, we’d never miss them.’ He’s also said earlier this year that he believes that the state spends “enough money” on public schools.”

John Micek, PennLive: “And make no mistake: Wagner is no friend of public education. He’s a vocal supporter of school choice, which would funnel millions of dollars out of districts.”

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 of 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 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]

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

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