Anti-Education Scott Wagner Launches Yet Another Attack on PA’s Public Schools

PENNSYLVANIA – Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner is a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 2, an attack on public education which passed the Pennsylvania Senate Education

PENNSYLVANIA – Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner is a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 2, an attack on public education which passed the Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee today. SB 2 would cut up to $1.7 billion from public schools.

“SB 2 is Scott Wagner’s latest attack on Pennsylvania’s children as he continues to attempt to gut funding from the public school system,” said Beth Melena, communications director for the Wolf Campaign. “The students of Pennsylvania deserve better than a governor who would 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 has also advocated for laying off 10% of all teachers in Pennsylvania and voted against school safety initiatives. And recently, during a budget hearing with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Wagner also said the entire system would be done in four years because he would not continue to fund them.

Background

“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, 05/22/18]

“Instead of hyperbole and rhetoric, data and a real-world example illustrate how S.B. 2 fails to address the barriers to achievement present in struggling schools. In reality, S.B. 2 will make things worse for those schools and communities.” [Philadelphia Inquirer Op-Ed, 05/21/18]

“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]

“‘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, 06/29/15]

“Your system is done in four years. You are out of runway, you are out of oxygen. The taxpayers are not going to continue to pump money into this system…For those of you who think your schools are going to be around in four years from now, ain’t going to be around. We are going to stop pumping money into this system. It’s ridiculous.” [PASSHE Budget Hearing, 2/22/18]

In April, House Bill 218 eliminated money for the Safe School Initiative. The Senate restored that funding in their version of the budget, and Scott Wagner voted against it in committee and on the floor.

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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Wolf Campaign Launches Statewide Digital Campaign to Highlight How Scott Wagner Would Take PA Backwards

PENNSYLVANIA – Today, the Wolf campaign launched a statewide digital campaign to highlight how Scott Wagner would take Pennsylvania backwards. The videos launched today focus

PENNSYLVANIA – Today, the Wolf campaign launched a statewide digital campaign to highlight how Scott Wagner would take Pennsylvania backwards. The videos launched today focus on Wagner’s assault on education and healthcare.

“Scott Wagner is the very worst of Harrisburg and he is determined to take Pennsylvania backwards by slashing funding for education and stripping health care for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians,” said Beth Melena, communications director for the Wolf Campaign. “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 also said that he would roll back Medicaid expansion that has provided coverage for more than 720,000 Pennsylvanians, including individuals suffering with substance use disorder. Scott Wagner is not on the side of Pennsylvanians.”

Worst of Harrisburg Wagner: Education
WATCH HERE: https://youtu.be/62bfXW1OBVk

Worst of Harrisburg Wagner: Medicaid
WATCH HERE: https://youtu.be/Hgn5FX3u3rg

BACKGROUND

Education

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.

Healthcare

Scott Wagner wants to roll back Medicaid expansion, which would take health care away from 720,000 Pennsylvanians including 125,000 people receiving treatment for substance use disorder. 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.

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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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.