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VIDEO: Wagner Won’t Release His Tax Returns Because He Doesn’t Want His Employees to Know How Much He Makes

As reported by the Associated Press, Wagner responded that he won’t release his tax returns because he doesn’t want his employees to know how much he makes.

Pennsylvania – At a town hall in Erie on Monday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner was asked why he is refusing to release his tax returns. Wagner is the first gubernatorial candidate in more than 20 years not to release his tax returns. Meanwhile, his company, Penn Waste, is raising rates on small businesses and consumers and attempting to renegotiate municipal contracts to make up for the damage caused by Donald Trump’s disastrous trade war with China.

As reported by the Associated Press, Wagner responded that he won’t release his tax returns because he doesn’t want his employees to know how much he makes.

“Scott Wagner is hiding his salary from voters and employees so that he can continue to line his own pockets while raising rates on small businesses and consumers,” said Beth Melena, communications director for the Wolf campaign. “It’s time for Scott Wagner to release his tax returns and stop hiding from the people of Pennsylvania.

WATCH THE VIDEO: https://youtu.be/zBT5t8QIbWo

TRANSCRIPT:

QUESTIONER: My question was why you haven’t released your tax returns?

WAGNER: Because what I make – my businesses are privately held and- I’ll tell you, you want the answer, I’m going to give you the answer, okay. We’re non-union companies. And so I worked hard for 40 years. If I make money or don’t make money that’s my business. And you know what? If I disclose those tax returns, union representatives get a hold of my tax returns, go around to my employees’ homes at night and say, ‘Hey Mrs. Jones, how much does your husband make?’ She goes, ‘Well he makes this.’ ‘Well this guy makes a lot more.’

WAGNER: But you know what? I put 40 years of risk in.So you know what, how much I make is my business and nobodies business. In addition to that I routinely, and have for over 20 years- last year my company partnered, and partnered means giving money, partnered with over 150 nonprofit organizations. Food banks all over south central Pennsylvania, Red Cross, [inaudible], that’s my business. But I’ve met every requirement and if you can tell me a requirement that I haven’t met, let me know, I’ll be happy to comply.

BACKGROUND:

Wagner Said He Doesn’t Want Workers Knowing What He Makes. “Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner said he will not release a tax return because his income is nobody else’s business and he suggested that labor unions will use it to try to organize workers at the non-union waste-hauling business he owns.” [AP, 8/21/18]

VIDEO: Wagner Said 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 “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.

GOP Governor Candidate Scott Wagner Should Release His Tax Returns. [PennLive, Editorial, 7/26/18]

Candidates Should Release Tax Records. [Daily Item, Editorial, 7/27/18]

Candidates Should Reveal Tax Returns. [Times-Tribune, Editorial, 7/26/18]

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]

Penn Waste Exposed For Raising Rates Because Of Trump’s Trade War. “Penn Waste, which collects recycling from 70 municipalities in the region, implemented new recycling guidelines July 1 in response to changes in Chinese law that limited the recyclable material the country will accept… In response, Penn Waste also is approaching municipalities to see if they can renegotiate waste contracts to add a sustainability fee to help reduce contamination, according to the company’s website.” [York Dispatch, 8/01/18]

Wagner’s Hometown Newspaper Warned Consumers Of His Scheme To Raise Rates. “So, Wagner’s political guru, Donald Trump, starts an unnecessary trade war that hurts Wagner’s business. In response, Wagner wants to raise rates on small businesses and consumers all across this region.” [York Dispatch, Editorial, 8/06/18]

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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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