BREAKING VIDEO: Scott Wagner Says He Would Consider Signing A Bill to Make Same Sex Marriage Illegal

Today during a town hall in Erie, Scott Wagner said he would consider signing a bill to make same sex marriage in Pennsylvania illegal.

Pennsylvania – Today during a town hall in Erie, Scott Wagner said he would consider signing a bill to make same sex marriage in Pennsylvania illegal.

“Scott Wagner saying he would consider signing a bill that would make same sex marriage illegal in Pennsylvania is an absolute disgrace,” said Wolf for Pennsylvania communications director Beth Melena. “Pennsylvanians need a governor who will stand up for everyone in the commonwealth, including those in our LGBTQ community, and Scott Wagner is clearly not up for the job. Scott Wagner is a dangerous candidate who would take Pennsylvania backwards.”

WATCH THE VIDEO: https://youtu.be/7Uh7qXLs-rg

TRANSCRIPT:

Audience Member: I am Catholic and so I have a really important question. That would be that after you are elected, will you consider putting pressure and using your influence on the house to craft a bill that would eliminate the recognition and benefits of same sex marriage?

Wagner: As governor, I won’t be driving that agenda. That’ll be a House or Senate bill that will drive that agenda. And I’ll have to see when it gets to my desk for that answer. I have policy people in place and you’re asking a question– I’m going to be honest with you tonight. The process is a bill would come to the House or Senate to my desk and I would have to give that consideration. I don’t have the answer tonight. But I can follow up with you.

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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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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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