Wagner Releases Plan To Assist Struggling Cities

During an address to the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, 2018 Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner today released a detailed, substantive plan to assist struggling cities in Pennsylvania. Wagner’s plan will reduce the disproportionate barriers to opportunity those living in these urban communities face by reforming the criminal justice system, encouraging economic investment, providing fair and evidence-based education funding and modernizing public transportation systems.

“For far too long Pennsylvania’s cities have been ignored by Republicans and taken for granted by Democrats,” Scott Wagner said of the plan. “If Pennsylvanians in urban communities want to continue down the path of more blight and more poverty then they should vote for my opponent. But if they want to change the status quo and give innovative, performance driven solutions a chance to unleash the true potential of our urban areas, then I’m their guy.”

Jeff Bartos added, “As a private sector business owner and proud resident of the Greater Philadelphia region, I have seen first-hand that one of the biggest challenges facing Pennsylvania’s cities is securing quality investment. This plan will provide the necessary incentives for entrepreneurs and businesses to create economic growth in our cities and will also make critical reforms to our education system so that students living in our cities are well-prepared to take advantage of these new opportunities.”

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THE PLAN

Our Pennsylvania cities are struggling. Many are dealing with the loss of industry which has lead to blight and population decline, as well as social ills due to the opioid crisis that is plaguing our communities. Scott Wagner and Jeff Bartos know that Pennsylvania must assist our struggling cities by reforming our criminal justice system, investing in our local communities and reducing poverty and blight.

1. REFORMING OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM TO MEET THE GOAL OF REHABILITATION

  • Scott and Jeff will work to reform our criminal justice system, ending the cycle of incarceration.
  • By striving to implement workable sentencing and bail guidelines, improving parole supervision and providing access to meaningful support for reenentry, Scott and Jeff will provide the necessary leadership to support our citizens.
2. BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS TO ECONOMIC SUCCESS.
  • Our urban citizens are faced with additional pressures due to the real obstacles posed by poverty and blight.
  • Scott and Jeff will implement practical programs to address blight and poverty, investing in eradicating blighted areas and working towards providing citizens a genuine path to financial independence.
3. ENABLING OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO FLOURISH.
  • In order to support and restore the local communities that exist within our cities, access to opportunities that enable growth must be made available.
  • Scott and Jeff will create that access by encouraging investment and revitalization in those distressed communities.
4. ENSURING ACCESS TO QUALITY EDUCATION FOR ALL AGES TO GUARANTEE LONG-TERM GROWTH.
  • In order to guarantee growth for the long term, we must make sure quality education is available for all ages.
  • Scott and Jeff will provide access to every educational opportunity for all, regardless of zip code or economic status.  They will further support workforce training and schooling to provide a pathway for family sustaining careers.
5. ADDRESSING TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGES IN OUR CITIES.
  • Scott and Jeff will address the unique transportation challenges faced by our urban populations.
  • They will work with our transit agencies to guarantee our citizens have access to updated technology and system efficiencies and will further encourage transportation innovations to guarantee acceptable service.

The full plan can be found HERE.

This is Wagner’s fourth major policy announcement of the campaign.
  • “Empowering Pennsylvania’s Economy” – will eliminate burdensome regulations that hold businesses back from growing and expanding, lower taxes on employers so they can hire more workers, bring accountability and certainty to the permitting process and capitalize on the natural resources Pennsylvania has at her disposal.
  • “An Opportunity For Every Child To Succeed” – will increase education funding by over $1 billion annually so that all districts will have the resources they need to succeed, will encourage the retooling and reinventing of curriculum so that all students are prepared to meet the needs of the modern workforce and will put in place the innovative programs necessary to obtain the best and brightest teachers.
  • Combating Pennsylvania’s Opioid Crisis” – will dedicate $15 million to performance based treatment and recovery initiatives so that Pennsylvanians will see maximum results for the funding they are investing in the crisis. The plan calls for recouping money from pharmaceutical companies that have not paid their fair share for an epidemic they have helped exacerbate. It will increase resources and strengthen penalties to assist law enforcement in stopping the flow of drugs into Pennsylvania and will implement the educational programs necessary to raise awareness and drive prevention efforts.
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