We give Wagner a slight edge over Wolf in our endorsement for governor.
We are drawn more strongly to the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, businessman Jeff Bartos, than Democrat John Fetterman, the mayor of Braddock – who supports restrictive gun laws and legalization of recreational marijuana.
One failure of state government in the past four years involves budgets. Wolf signed a budget for the first time in his fourth year, and blamed the Legislature for passing previous spending plans that were not balanced. We saw little cooperation from the General Assembly or the governor, and little leadership from Wolf on negotiations toward a viable budget each year.
Wagner said he believes in “zero-based budgeting and balancing our checkbook.” The Republican challenger said his administration would produce a balanced budget that still cuts out the property tax – a tall order but a worthy goal.
He also promised to help develop more trade schools – including across the state higher education system – to help employers fill jobs and enhance productivity.
Wolf is a good man but has not produced significant results for our state.
It’s time for new leadership in Pennsylvania.