Looking Back At Wagner’s Disastrous Senate Career in Harrisburg

To: Interested Parties

From: Beth Melena, Communications Director for Tom Wolf for Governor

RE: Looking Back At Wagner’s Disastrous Senate Career in Harrisburg

Date: May 31, 2018


Yesterday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Scott Wagner is resigning his Senate seat in order to pursue his own political ambition. It is clear that Scott Wagner is only interested in furthering himself, but his resignation does not erase his long record in the Senate of putting special interests before children, seniors, and hard-working Pennsylvanians.

In fact, just last week, Scott Wagner skipped critical floor votes designed to protect children from predators, domestic abusers, and deadly chemicals in order to attend a corporate policy summit hosted by the Republican Governors Association designed to benefit big business. While Wagner routinely brags about signing the front of paychecks, he signed the back of a taxpayer-funded paycheck after failing to show up for work and protect our children.

This is just the latest example of how Scott Wagner has spent his time in the Senate as the very worst of Harrisburg. Let’s review some other ways he has put special interests ahead of Pennsylvanians while working in Harrisburg.

Severance Tax

There’s no greater example of Scott Wagner’s obstructionist tactics and penchant for putting special interests ahead of Pennsylvanians than his opposition to the severance tax. No one has done the bidding of big oil and gas more than Scott Wagner. Wagner was even caught conspiring with House Republican leadership to kill a severance tax to hurt Governor Wolf’s re-election, and reports show that big oil and gas has spent over $60 million dollars on lobbying and political donations to avoid paying a commonsense severance tax. Scott Wagner has repeatedly sided with big oil and gas lobbyists over Pennsylvanians.


As Senator, Scott Wagner has supported policies that would be detrimental to our seniors, making it much more difficult for them to receive the care they need and to support themselves financially. He wants to gut Medicaid, leaving Pennsylvania seniors without health care and forcing them out of nursing homes. On top of this, Wagner also supported taxing seniors’ retirements and advocated for Donald Trump’s plan to charge seniors an age tax on their health care plans.


Scott Wagner championed Harrisburg Republicans’ cut to public education by $1 billion, which lead to mass teacher layoffs, cuts to important programs like pre-kindergarten, and larger class sizes. Wagner even advocated for laying off 10% of all teachers in Pennsylvania.

Health Care

As Senator, Scott Wagner called for rolling back Medicaid expansion, which would take health care away from 720,000 Pennsylvanians including 125,000 people receiving treatment for substance use disorder. He has put pharmaceutical companies and the insurance industry ahead of ensuring Pennsylvanians have access to affordable, quality health care. Wagner has also supported Donald Trump’s crusade to destroy the Affordable Care Act, which would kick millions off their health care, raise costs for middle-class families and seniors, gut protections for people with preexisting conditions, and increase premiums for Pennsylvanians.

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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