Critics on Wolf's Budget Address

Wagner Calls Wolf A Coward For Vetoing Drug Formulary Bill

Urges Governor To Give Back Campaign Donations From Fairness PA

Governor Wolf today vetoed SB 936, legislation to curtail the overprescription of opioids and eliminate payments for unproven, compounded pain creams that can cost thousands of dollars per tube. In response, 2018 gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner, who voted for and advocated for the measure, issued the following statement:

“It’s disheartening to me that when Governor Wolf was given the chance to choose between protecting the lives of the men and women in Pennsylvania dying everyday from addiction, and his special interest donors, he chose the coward’s way out,” said Wagner.“If the Governor was really interested in combating the opioid epidemic he would have stood up to those funding his campaign and signed this bill. And if the Governor’s decision to veto this legislation was really based on policy, he needs to immediately return all his contributions to Fairness PA to prove to the people of Pennsylvania that he was not acting on the PAC’s behalf.”

Wagner voted for SB 936 last October and has repeatedly called on the Governor to sign the legislation.

The PAC, Fairness PA gave Wolf  $1 million in the second half of 2017 and $100,000 so far in 2018. As the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, much of Fairness PA’s funding comes from doctors and lawyers who own pharmacies and want to see SB 936 defeated.
  • “Fairness PA also received $42,000 last year from Pond Lehocky’s political action committee, Pennsylvanians for Injured Workers, whose donors include doctors from the Insight network and doctors with ownership stakes in the Workers First pharmacy. Attorney Sam Pond has been leading the opposition to legislation to create a workers’ comp drug formulary. Wolf shares that position.” (Inquirer, 3/9/18)