The Wolf Administration is chasing good-paying job providers away to other states -- and he's blocking Pennsylvania from becoming the economic powerhouse of the Northeast. Under Tom Wolf, PA has one of the most punishing tax and regulatory burdens in the country -- with more than 150,000 regulations on the books. As a job creator, Scott Wagner knows firsthand how Governor Wolf's failed policies are hurting job creators, often forcing them to close shop or move to states with better business climates -- taking good paying jobs (and our kids) with them.
Protecting paychecks means plenty of good paying jobs. To make that happen, Scott intends to treat entrepreneurs like the valuable job creators they are. He will free business owners to from regulations and burdensome processes so they can provide better paychecks for hard working Pennsylvanians who've waited far too long for a chance to get ahead. How? Scott is a man of action. See his full plan here.
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PA unemployment rate almost 20% higher than the national average.
PA has the 6th-highest unemployment rate in America - U.S. News
PA is the 2nd-worst state in job creation - U.S. News
We are ranked the 6th-worst state for job seekers - U.S. News
We're the 5th-worst state to start a business - Wallet Hub
We are the 7th-worst environment to run a business - Wallet Hub
Recent reports found hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars were wasted, poorly invested, or lost. Our current governor, Tom Wolf, doesn't understand the concept of a hard earned dollar, because he's only ever known privilege and influence. His gross mismanagement takes a great deal of unecessary money out of your wallet. No governor has been more financially reckless, or done more to benefit wealthy special interests -- while treating hard working Pennsylvanians like ATM machines, and denying them the most basic considerations -- like safe, well-maintained roads.
Scott will protect your paycheck by cutting up Harrisburg's credit cards and shutting off the spending valve. He'll make it a place that takes less from you and returns more by forcing every agency to implement zero-based budgeting which will protect taxpayers from mismanagement. He'll sign legislation to eliminate the school taxes on your home, and he'll break Pennsylvania’s 45-year streak of tax increases on everything from personal income and sales, to gas and digital downloads.
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ranked 5th-worst run state in the U.S.
Report finds PA roads 2nd-worst, money being misspent - Reason Foundation
PA credit downgraded after Governor signs spending bill without money to pay for it - Wallet Hub
We are the 5th-most broke state in America - George Mason Mercatus Center
We are the 5th-most fiscally unfit state in America - George Mason Mercatus Center
We have the 11th-highest property taxes in the nation - Wallet Hub
WAY TOO MUCH POWER
An immensely powerful school employees' union (the PSEA), and the politicians it controls, are diverting more and more money meant for students to an out of control state employee pension program. They’ve blocked Harrisburg from solving this crisis for students and overly burdened taxpayers. Politicians have promised, but failed to end reliance on property taxes to fund schools contributing to massive student inequality. Taxpayers are handcuffed to a system that drains them while it steals away the equal and excellent education our children deserve.
Scott will take on the big union bosses who own Tom Wolf -- so he can fix the student-robbing pension crisis and make sure funding goes to our students where it belongs. He'll end property tax reliance and make sure that no student is hurt by his or her zip code. He’ll sign legislation to stop over-prescribing of opioids and treat it like the code red crisis it is. He'll retool and reinvent the education system to prepare children to fill STEM jobs and the 200,000 available skilled labor positions.
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While K-12 spending continues to rise, test scores do not.
43% of taxpayer dollars intended for k-12 students never make it to the classroom -Commonwealth Foundation
Pennsylvania schools ranked nation's most unequally funded - Washington Post
Pennsylvania property taxes rose by as much as 52% over the last decade - Philadelphia Inquirer
PA has the 7th-worst skilled labor shortage in America - Forbes
PA has the most opioid-related overdose deaths in America - Center for Disease Control
CULTURE OF SELF INTEREST
Harrisburg has become known as a place where bribery, fraud and abuse of power are casually accepted -- where public service has become profitable. PA is home to the most expensive, wasteful and lavish legislature in the country -- one that has left the interests of honest citizens behind. It is notorious for a culture that has allowed politicians and wealthy special interests to prosper at the expense of hard working Pennsylvanians. Instead of a system that encourages service to hard workers, we have a system that has bred a generation of career politicians who look out for themselves.
Scott knows that to protect paychecks, we have to ensure elected officials are working for taxpayers, not themselves. He'll push to reduce the size of the legislature, abolish lawmaker per diems, pensions and lifetime health insurance plans. To break the culture of political careerism, Scott will work toward limiting terms in the legislature. He’ll move to ban former lawmakers from lobbying and to prohibit lobbying firms from engaging in campaign work on behalf of politicians.
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PA has more "political corruption than most states." -Muhlenberg College political scientist Chris Borick
PA gets F grade, investigation finds an "entrenched culture" of wrong doing - Center for Public Integrity
PA legislature 5th-most corrupt in the U.S. - Center for Public Integrity
PA legislators 2nd-highest paid in U.S. - FiveThirtyEight
PA among highest in government corruption convictions - United States Department of Justice Department