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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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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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Editorial Boards Across PA Slam Scott Wagner For Refusing To Release His Tax Returns

PENNSYLVANIA — Editorial boards across Pennsylvania have taken Scott Wagner to task for refusing to release his tax returns.  Wagner is the first gubernatorial candidate

PENNSYLVANIA — Editorial boards across Pennsylvania have taken Scott Wagner to task for refusing to release his tax returns.  Wagner is the first gubernatorial candidate in over 20 years not to release his tax returns while his company, PennWaste, is raising rates on small business owners and consumers.

What is he hiding? The people of Pennsylvania deserve to know the real story. Editorial boards agree. Check out what they had to say:

 

The Daily Item: Candidates Should Release Tax Records

Voters deserve a glimpse of the self-made millionaire’s returns which show much more than what Wagner makes and pays in taxes.

Voters should be able to understand the financial dealings of a candidate who will oversee the state’s $32 billion budget. Voters can make their own decision what the finances mean to them.

We aren’t asking Wagner to release anything more than other candidates. Gov. Wolf hasn’t released his full returns to the public, only the first two pages. Gov. Wolf has permitted reporters to inspect the full return.

Scott Wagner should do the same.

The Times-Tribune: Candidates should reveal tax returns.

Pennsylvanians are entitled to expect far greater accountability from someone asking for their trust to manage their $32 billion government. If nothing else, returns tell voters how much a candidate has paid in taxes, or whether he has paid anything.

Wagner has not said why he won’t release his tax data. But the need for him to do so is greater that [sic] for most candidates. As Wagner says in his ads, he’s a “garbage-hauling guy from York,” operator of a large waste-hauling company. That enterprise is regulated directly by the state government. Wagner’s returns might offer some insight into that operation and his environmental policy. Given that Wagner has suggested that global warming could be caused by human body heat or the Earth getting closer to the sun, that’s an important issue in this campaign.

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

In his campaign ads, Republican governor candidate Scott Wagner likes to brag about his skills as a businessman and his ability to stretch a buck. And he’s vowed to bring that same kind of financial acumen to state government if voters elect him in November.

But Wagner owes Pennsylvanians more than just asking them to take his word for it.

If Wagner can adequately manage his own finances – something his tax returns would make clear by showing that he’s paid his taxes on time – then perhaps voters could rest easier with him at the helm.

But that’s not what he’s doing. And he should.

Altoona Mirror: Candidates For Pa. Governor Should Disclose Tax Returns.

But that opinion runs counter to the legitimate belief that voters should have more than a name, campaign signs and campaign speeches, and interviews as a basis for judging a candidate.

Incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf, who is running for a second term this year, has said through his campaign that he will release the first two pages of his 2017 return and make available the rest of the return for inspection by reporters.

Daily Item: Candidate’s Should Open Tax Records.

We would argue running for elected office at that level of government opens this door and candidates should expect the intrusion. Voters are putting absolute trust in these candidates — who could oversee a $30 billion state spending plan — with taxpayer dollars, and understanding potential financial conflicts is not “unreasonably intrusive.”

The Intelligencer: What Are Candidates Hiding By Refusing To Release Tax Returns?

In our view the incentive for candidates to disclose their tax returns is to assure voters that they are paying their fair share. And, not only that, but that they are playing by the rules. Compliant taxpayers have a right to know that people running for public office — especially high posts — are not tax cheats.

All agree that tax returns give voters important information about a candidate’s potential for conflicts of interest and whether a candidate would personally benefit from the policies he or she promotes.

Butler Eagle: Gubernatorial candidates should release tax returns.

So here is our lesson for today: Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial candidates need to do a better job of giving voters the information they need during the run-up to this year’s mid-term elections.

A case-in-point: the refusal of some candidates to release their tax returns — foundational documents that can shed light on a person’s priorities, financial standing and more — for public review.

LNP: GOP candidates for governor should release their tax returns.

But that’s the tacit agreement you make with the universe, and the voting public, when you decide to run for office. Like it or not, your closet doors swing open and the skeletons come running out. Details of past relationships might be revealed. You’re exposed to harsh criticism, fair and unfair. And you’re expected to open your books.

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DIGITAL LAUNCH: Wolf Campaign Launches New Online Ad Campaign and Website to Highlight Scott Wagner’s Education Lies

Today, the Wolf campaign launched a website and online ad campaign highlighting Scott Wagner’s lies about Governor Wolf and exposing Wagner’s disastrous anti-education record.

Pennsylvania – Today, the Wolf campaign launched a website and online ad campaign highlighting Scott Wagner’s lies about Governor Wolf and exposing Wagner’s disastrous anti-education record. The website includes an option for Pennsylvanians to find out how much the education cuts Wagner championed cost their schools.

“Scott Wagner is lying about Governor Wolf’s record on education,” said Beth Melena, communications director for the Wolf campaign. “Wagner supported Governor Corbett’s $1 billion cut to Pennsylvania schools, including hundreds of millions of dollars cut from rural and small-town schools. Governor Wolf has fought to fully restore the $1 billion cut for our schools and since he’s taken office, funding for rural and small town Pennsylvania schools has gone up every year.”

On WagnerCutsSchools.com, you can see how the $1 billion cut in funding that Scott Wagner championed hurt your school district and then check out how much Governor Wolf has increased funding to your district since he took office. Governor Wolf will continue fighting to invest in our kids and Pennsylvania’s future.

CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE: WagnerCutsSchools.com

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