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.”
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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