Wagner Unveils Plan To Increase Education Funding Without Raising Taxes In Blair, Butler

2018 Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner yesterday unveiled a detailed plan to increase education funding by over $1 billion without raising taxes. Wagner spoke about the plan during a press conference with parents and teachers in Hollidaysburg and a town hall meeting in Zelienople later in the evening.

HOLLIDAYSBURG

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Wagner unveils $1B education plan that’ll avoid raising taxes
Matthew Stevens
WJAC
August 16, 2018

Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner unveiled his education plan in Duncansville Thursday, a proposal to increase funding for schools by $1 billion without raising taxes.

“In my administration your ZIP code won’t determine your success,” Wagner said of the plan.

“I’m committed to record investments in education so that every child has access to opportunity, every parent has peace of mind knowing their child has a chance to learn, every teacher has the tools they need and every taxpayer knows we are doing it at a price they can afford.”

Wagner’s plan has seven main features for improving education across the state, including: adding $1 billion in funding in the classroom, investing in great educators, increasing school safety, expanding early childhood education, broadband service for the entire state, ensuring students are college- and career-ready, and holding all schools accountable.

“His focus on school safety will ensure our students have the opportunity to learn in a peaceful environment, and his plans for STEM education and career readiness will confront our skilled labor crisis with the sense of urgency we’ve been lacking,” said Senate Education Committee Chairman John Eichelberger.

In his plan, Wagner said $300 million of the $1 billion will come from block grants and the remaining $700 million will come from eliminating corporate welfare, privatizing the sale of alcohol, leasing the liquor wholesale system, implementing welfare reform and other cost-saving measures.

The education topic was been at the forefront of Wagner’s battle with incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf.

The Wagner campaign said Wolf’s education plan would put money into urban area schools and would be detrimental to rural school districts…

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BUTLER

Click HERE to watch Wagner’s remarks on his education plan in Butler last night.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Scott Wagner Visits Butler County
Kayla Molczanon
Butler Radio
August 16, 2018

Dozens of local residents gathered to hear from the Republican candidate for Pennsylvania’s Governor on Thursday night.

Scott Wagner held a Town Hall meeting at the American Legion Post 474 in Zelienople and spent about an hour and a half discussing his plans and answering questions.

Wagner began by laying out the details of his recently announced education plan, which includes an additional $1 billion spent on education but with no new tax increases. Wagner also spoke about his plan to eliminate property taxes and balance the state’s budget.

“We’re going to get Pennsylvania’s taxes in order,” Wagner said Thursday. “We’re not going to play with taxes this year.”…

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