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Governor Wolf is Fighting to Change Harrisburg. Scott Wagner is the Very Worst of Harrisburg.

The gubernatorial general election has finally kicked off and the difference between the two candidates could not be any starker. Since the day he took office, Governor Tom Wolf has been fighting to change Harrisburg and move Pennsylvania forward. Scott Wagner, on the other hand, is the very worst of Harrisburg – beholden to lobbyists and special interests – and only wants to roll back the progress Pennsylvania has made under Governor Wolf.

TO: Interested Parties

FROM: Jeff Sheridan, Wolf for PA Campaign Manager

SUBJECT: Governor Wolf is Fighting to Change Harrisburg. Scott Wagner is the Very Worst of Harrisburg.

DATE: May 17, 2018

 

The gubernatorial general election has finally kicked off and the difference between the two candidates could not be any starker.

Since the day he took office, Governor Tom Wolf has been fighting to change Harrisburg and move Pennsylvania forward.

Scott Wagner, on the other hand, is the very worst of Harrisburg – beholden to lobbyists and special interests – and only wants to roll back the progress Pennsylvania has made under Governor Wolf.

Here’s a look at some of the key differences between Governor Wolf and Scott Wagner.

SEVERANCE TAX

Governor Wolf has repeatedly pushed for the legislature to pass a commonsense severance tax that has been adopted by every other gas-producing state in the country such as Texas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia. Pennsylvania gas is being used by citizens in other states tax free while Pennsylvanians have to pay taxes on gas from other states.

There’s no greater example of Scott Wagner’s obstructionist tactics than his opposition to the severance tax. No one has done the bidding of big oil and gas more than Scott Wagner. Wagner was even caught conspiring with House Republican leadership to kill a severance tax to hurt Governor Wolf’s re-election, and reports show that big oil and gas has spent over $60 million dollars on lobbying and political donations to avoid paying a commonsense severance tax. Scott Wagner has repeatedly sided with big oil and gas lobbyists over Pennsylvanians.

HEALTH CARE

Governor Wolf knows that for Pennsylvania to reach its greatest potential, residents must have access to affordable, quality health care. Governor Wolf expanded Medicaid to over 720,000 Pennsylvanians, reduced the uninsured rate to its lowest rate ever, increased enrollment in the Children’s Health Insurance Program by 20 percent, and legalized medical marijuana.

Scott Wagner wants to roll back Medicaid expansion, which would kick seniors out of nursing homes, deny treatment to those suffering from substance use disorder, and strip health care from those with disabilities. As governor, he would put pharmaceutical companies and the insurance industry ahead of ensuring Pennsylvanians have access to affordable, quality health care. Wagner has also supported Donald Trump’s crusade to destroy the Affordable Care Act, which would kick millions off their health care, raise costs for middle class families and seniors, and gut protections for people with preexisting conditions and increase premiums for Pennsylvanians.

SENIORS

Under Governor Wolf, tens of thousands of additional seniors will be able to age in their homes. Governor Wolf is also protecting the lottery fund that supports important programs for older Pennsylvanians, improving nursing home facilities, and upgrading senior community centers. Governor Wolf is also lowering prescription drug prices for seniors and has stood up to Donald Trump’s plans to institute an age tax.

Scott Wagner wants to gut Medicaid, which would strip health care from Pennsylvania’s seniors and kick them out of nursing homes with nowhere to turn. He also wants to tax seniors’ retirement and he supported Donald Trump’s plan to charge an age tax on seniors’ health care plans.

EDUCATION

Governor Wolf has restored the $1 billion cuts to education made by the Republican legislature in the previous administration and passed a fair funding formula to take politics out of school funding once and for all. And now, Governor Wolf is fighting to make college more affordable and to increase workforce development and apprenticeship training.

Scott Wagner wants to take us back to the days when Harrisburg Republicans cut public education by $1 billion, leading to mass teacher layoffs, cuts to important programs like pre-kindergarten, and larger class sizes. Wagner even advocated for laying off 10% of all teachers in Pennsylvania.  Scott Wagner as governor would put the future of Pennsylvania’s children at risk by not providing them with the skills necessary for a 21st century workforce.

Wolf Campaign Launches New Ad, “Hold Us Back”

Today, the Wolf campaign launched a new ad to highlight how Governor Wolf is fighting to change Harrisburg and move Pennsylvania forward.

PENNSYLVANIA  – Today, the Wolf campaign launched a new ad to highlight how Governor Wolf is fighting to change Harrisburg and move Pennsylvania forward.

CLICK HERE TO PLAY: https://youtu.be/2Ckfz611-qI

TRANSCRIPT:

Ordinary Pennsylvanians live lives that have many, many challenges.

One of the reasons I ran for this office was because I wanted to move Pennsylvania forward and I knew that to do that, I had to take on the powers that be and to change the way business was done in Harrisburg.

I think our political system holds us back from the future we deserve and our government should be looking out for 12.8 million Pennsylvanians, not just a handful of lobbyists. We need to change that.

As soon as he took office, Governor Wolf immediately sent Harrisburg legislators, insiders, and lobbyists a signal that he was not going to do things the way they were always done. He announced that he would donate his salary to charity and would refuse a state pension and enacted some of the strongest executive branch ethics reforms in the country.  He:

  • Signed an executive order banning anyone in his administration from taking gifts.

  • Reformed the legal contracting process to end pay-to-play.

  • Required all of his cabinet’s expenses to be posted publicly so taxpayers can see how their money is spent.

But Governor Wolf is continuing his fight to change Harrisburg. He is pushing for a full gift ban for the legislature, reforming the legislature’s per diem process to make it more transparent and accountable to taxpayers, and stopping pay to legislators and their top staff, as well as the governor and top officials in the executive branch, until a complete budget is passed.

Wolf Campaign Launches New Video and Website to Reveal “Worst of Harrisburg Wagner”

PENNSYLVANIA – Today, the Wolf campaign launched a website and web video highlighting Harrisburg insider Scott Wagner’s record of being a typical politician who cares

PENNSYLVANIA – Today, the Wolf campaign launched a website and web video highlighting Harrisburg insider Scott Wagner’s record of being a typical politician who cares more about himself and special interests than the people of Pennsylvania.

CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE: https://worstofharrisburgwagner.com/

“Scott Wagner is the very worst of Harrisburg and he’s unhinged from the reality of everyday Pennsylvanians,” said Jeff Sheridan, campaign manager for Tom Wolf for Governor. “Wagner is beholden to lobbyists and special interests and he’s leading the charge to block a commonsense severance tax in order to appease the oil and gas industry that has spent over $60 million on lobbying and political donations for Wagner and his cronies.”

Scott Wagner is the Very Worst of Harrisburg

Tonight, Harrisburg insider Scott Wagner won the Republican nomination for governor after a primary campaign that has been described as the most brutal in modern Pennsylvania history. “Scott Wagner is the very worst of Harrisburg,” said Jeff Sheridan, campaign manager for Tom Wolf for Governor.

PENNSYLVANIA – Tonight, Harrisburg insider Scott Wagner won the Republican nomination for governor after a primary campaign that has been described as the most brutal in modern Pennsylvania history.

“Scott Wagner is the very worst of Harrisburg,” said Jeff Sheridan, campaign manager for Tom Wolf for Governor. “Leading the Republican legislature, Scott Wagner has been standing in the way of progress and blocking efforts to change Harrisburg and help Pennsylvania families. There’s no greater example of Wagner’s obstructionist tactics than his opposition to the severance tax. Wagner was even caught conspiring with House Republican leadership to kill a severance tax to hurt Governor Wolf’s re-election, and reports show that big oil and gas has spent over $60 million dollars on lobbying and political donations to avoid paying a commonsense severance tax. Scott Wagner is not on the side of Pennsylvanians and his record of obstruction makes clear he will take Pennsylvania backward.”