Ridiculous Public Pensions Fueled By Inflated Compensation

Ridiculous Public Pensions Fueled By Inflated Compensation

Ridiculous Public Pensions Fueled By Inflated CompensationBy Sen. Scott Wagner

The Pennsylvania State Senate held budget hearings, Feb. 23, and one of the agencies that testified in front of the Appropriations Committee was the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). 

PASSHE oversees the 14 state-owned universities which are:

1.  Bloomsburg University

2.  California University

3.  Cheyney University

4.  Clarion University

5.  East Stroudsburg University

6.  Edinboro University

7.  Indiana University

8.  Kutztown University

9.  Lock Haven University

10. Mansfield University

11. Millersville University

12. Shippensburg University

13. Slippery Rock University

14. West Chester University

The Chancellor of PASSHE appeared in front of the Appropriations Committee to answer questions.

One of my Senate Colleagues asked what the average salary was for a university professor – the Chancellor responded that it is approximately $85,000.

When it was my turn to ask questions I focused on his response of $85,000.

I stated to the Chancellor that this week PennLive.com did several stories on people employed by the state making more than $100,000.

I went on to tell the Chancellor that in the PennLive story there was reference to the swim coach at West Chester University who earned total compensation of $313,954 in 2016. And by the way, this same coach earned $420,172 in 2015.

I continued to walk the Chancellor through the compensation for the swim coach – his base salary was $77,285 and the rest of his compensation was additional income earned running summer swimming camps.

Then I asked the Chancellor this question:

When the swim coach retires will his pension be based on his base salary or his total compensation?

The Chancellor responded that it depends which pension program he is in.

Here is where my brain goes into overdrive.

I went on to say that if the pension is based on his base salary that may be reasonable, but if his pension is based on his total compensation – which I think will be the case here – that means a swim coach making over $300,000 per year could potentially get two thirds of $300,000 which is $200,000 per year for the rest of his life. 

I will research the answer to this question and get back to you with the answer. 

The $64,000 question is this –  Am I right or am I wrong?

Click on the links below to view the stories.

The story referencing the West Chester swim coach is in the second story. 

One in 14 State Government Employees Made the $100,000 Club Roster in 2016 

http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/one_in_14_state_government_emp.html

Meet the State Employees Who Had the Highest Earnings in 2016: $100,000 Club

http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/100000_club_check_out_who_the.html

We will have the answer next week.

I want to introduce another slogan:  “Harrisburg and State Government – the gifts that keeps on giving.”

Ridiculous Public Pensions Fueled By Inflated Compensation

Scott Wagner Explains Gubernatorial Run

Scott Wagner Explains Gubernatorial Run

By Sen. Scott Wagner

I am a small business owner from York, PA.

I have been a private sector business owner for almost forty years. Scott Wagner Explains Gubernatorial Run

Several of my businesses I have started from scratch.

I was not handed these businesses, nor did I come from a wealthy family.

Today at my various companies we employ hundreds of hard working, middle-class people.

In August of 2013, I decided to run for a seat in the PA State Senate.

Due to a groundswell of people in York County who knew me and believed in me and were fed up with the status quo, I was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in March of 2014 as the first ever write-in candidate to win a seat in the Pennsylvania legislature.

History was made on March 18, 2014 in York County. 

My decision in 2013 to run for a seat in the PA State Senate was based on four reasons.

#1:

I was tired of being used like an ATM machine by career politicians who were all talk and no action.

#2

My companies were being choked by massive regulations.

#3

As a business owner, I was tired of being treated like a criminal by the government. Every time personnel from a federal or state agency would come to my businesses without an appointment and unannounced it was clear they were visiting our businesses to find us doing something wrong so they could fine us.

#4

As the leader of my companies, I felt our employees and their families weren’t being properly represented in Harrisburg and protected from out of control government.

People at our various companies clock in early in the morning, hit the streets and service our customers. At the end of the day, they clock out and then go home to their families. Because of these people and their efforts, I felt strongly that they needed representation.

I have been in the PA State Senate for almost three years and I see first- hand how out of control and dysfunctional Harrisburg really is.

When I went to Harrisburg I knew things would be bad – they are in fact much worse than I envisioned. 

The current dysfunction has been the result of 30-40 years of doing the same things over and over and allowing special interest groups to become way too powerful and influential.

Shortly after I joined the State Senate in Harrisburg I was part of the leadership change.

Major reform bills that never saw the light of day under the previous Senate leadership are finally getting voted on due to the willingness of Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman allowing these bills to go to the floor for a vote.

I can report to you that I have seen progress over the last two years in Harrisburg.

Things are starting to move in the right direction.

However, there is a major roadblock that is preventing many reforms from taking place.

The roadblock I am talking about is Governor Tom Wolf.

Tom Wolf campaigned that he was private sector business person and could turn Pennsylvania around. 

Truth be told Tom Wolf was a sixth generation business owner – so that means he was six generations away from starting from scratch.

Tom Wolf promised to lower taxes, create new jobs and that he would change the way Harrisburg does business.

Last week Pennsylvania’s gas tax went up another eight cents per gallon.

If you didn’t know this fact – Pennsylvania’s gas tax is the highest in the nation.

What has Governor Wolf done about the gas tax – he has done nothing.

Instead of changing Harrisburg, Tom Wolf has been the guardian of special interest groups in Harrisburg.

Under Governor Wolf, Pennsylvania’s financial condition continues to get worse, unemployment is up and Pennsylvanian’s are becoming more frustrated.

It is very simple.

Governor Wolf is a failed Governor.

He failed to lower property taxes as promised instead property taxes skyrocketed under Wolf.

He failed to control wasteful spending and actually made it worse.

He failed to solve the pension crisis.

He failed the schools and children of Pennsylvania by having the longest budget shutdown in history.

He failed to get Pennsylvania’s economy moving again, instead unemployment increased to the highest in the northeast region.   

 Tom Wolf is a failed Governor and it’s time for him to go.

 That is why today, I am officially announcing my candidacy for Governor of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania is at a crossroads.

Pennsylvania has a pension crisis.

Property owners are choking on ever increasing school taxes on their properties.

Unemployment is up.

Pennsylvania’s economy is stalled.

Pennsylvania’s businesses are choking on regulations.

It is make or break time.

I am very different from Governor Wolf.

I grew up on a farm.

I shoveled horse manure at age 10.

I learned how to repair every piece of used farm equipment we owned.

I was raised by parents who taught me how to work hard and never give up.

I started several of my businesses from scratch.

I have been through at least five recessions – my first recession was in 1980 when the prime interest rate went up to 22%. I almost did not financially survive the 1980 recession.

But I am a survivor.

At my first waste company, I drove the garbage trucks and loaded garbage into the trucks.

I cleaned the toilets and still do today if they need cleaned.

I would never ask anyone who works with me to do a task that I would not do myself.

I still have my CDL license and I can drive any piece of equipment in our various fleets.

I understand operations inside and out. 

We need a Governor who understands operations.

Pennsylvania is a unique state – within 24 hours we can reach one-third of our nation’s population.

Pennsylvania has a great work force – in fact we need more skilled labor to meet future demands.

Pennsylvania should and can be an economic powerhouse.

In February of 2015, Governor Wolf stated at a National Governor’s Association conference that “the biggest problem in Pennsylvania is low self-esteem.”

Trust me Governor Wolf, the hard-working middle class people throughout Pennsylvania are very proud of what they do, they do not have a self-esteem problem.

Since Governor Wolf took office, Pennsylvania’s unemployment has increased.

We have Pennsylvania state agencies’ that are not operating in a fashion to help businesses grow and prosper.

Many of the state agencies do not understand customer service and deadlines.

I have seen first-hand that Pennsylvania does not have a revenue problem – it has a spending problem.

I have served almost three years in the Senate – I feel powerless.

The number one person driving the agenda is the Governor, not the legislature.

We have the largest majorities in the legislature than we have had in a long time – in fact today, the PA Senate has a majority not seen for almost 70 years.

As long as we have a Republican majority in the legislature and Tom Wolf is in the Governor’s office we are going nowhere.

Pennsylvania desperately needs a Governor who has extensive leadership skills and understands how operating a business really works.

Pennsylvania needs a Governor who is a visionary to see the future and build a team to lead Pennsylvania to be a powerhouse again.

We are running out of time to turnaround our great state, out of control spending, zero accountability, the pension crisis, school taxes, an aging population, a skilled labor crisis and too many special interest groups getting the whole pie instead of hard working middle class Pennsylvanian’s getting a piece of the pie.

To all Pennsylvanian’s, and I say all Pennsylvanian’s, I want to be your next Governor.

I have the skills to lead – I possess visionary skills to see what the future can look like.

 Get government off the backs of businesses and I can assure you that Pennsylvania businesses will create jobs without government interference.

The last time I checked businesses drive everything – we pay our employees – we both pay taxes and fees to the government and because of that fact government employees get paychecks.

As Governor, I will make this pledge to you – I will do everything in my power to change the status quo in Pennsylvania.

I will do everything in my power to jump start our economy.

I will do everything in my power to solve the pension crisis and lower or eliminate school taxes.

The primary election and general elections are in 2018 – so I am out early.

I ask that you learn more about me – check me out – learn as much as you can about me.

For the first time in modern history, the citizens of Pennsylvanian have an opportunity to elect a Governor who has built several prominent and successful, private sector, small businesses from scratch. 

I am not a career politician, or an attorney, and I do not have a PHD.

If you are truly fed up with Harrisburg and want real change, I am asking for you to vote for me in 2018.

One of my favorite slogans that I learned in my business career is that “TEAM” stands for – “Together Everyone Achieves More.”

Today, I am asking ALL Pennsylvanians to join the Scott Wagner for Governor Team so that Pennsylvania can finally achieve more.

Sen. Wagner represents the 28th District in the Pennsylvania Senate.

Scott Wagner Explains Gubernatorial Run

Scott Wagner Hint

Scott Wagner Hint — Pennsylvania State Sen. Scott Wagner (R-28) has come as close to confirming a 2018 gubernatorial as possible without specifically stating so.

We received, today, Dec. 22, the below email.

One of the main reasons that I decided to run for the Pennsylvania State Senate was because I was tired of being an ATM machine for politicians who did nothing and got zero results. 

After a few years in office we have accomplished A LOT, much in part because of your help and steadfast support.  

Even the media has taken notice of our results and how we have been successful in making Harrisburg more accountable to the people they serve.

Check out a video and news article on the link below which details the progress we have made in Pennsylvania in only a couple of years.

We are on the right track but have much more work to do. 

Stay tuned for a BIG announcement early next year. Hint Hint. 

http://www.ydr.com/story/news/2016/12/22/scott-wagner-using-his-wallet-shape-legislature/94824240/

Thanks for your continued support and Happy Holidays!

SEIU Abandons Members, Backs Scrooge Wolf

SEIU Abandons Members, Backs Scrooge Wolf

By Scott Wagner

SEIU Abandons Members, Backs Scrooge Wolf
Scrooge Wolf

There are two different types of unions operating in Pennsylvania – public sector unions and private sector unions.

Public sector unions represent government employees and other workers such as school teachers.

Public sector unions in Pennsylvania include the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), and  the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

One of the largest public sector unions is the school teachers’ union. The Pennsylvania State Education Association, also known as the “PSEA”, representing approximately 180,000 members.

Members of the PSEA union pay annual dues of approximately $800 to $1,000. This money is, by law, deducted from every employees paycheck.

From union dues alone, the PSEA is collecting between $140 million  and $180 million annually.

Is anyone else scratching their head wondering what the PSEA does with all of the dues money collected from members?

The second union group is private sector unions, also known as “trade unions.”

These trade unions represent carpenters, plumbers, electrical workers, brick layers, and steamfitters, to name a few.

There is huge difference between public sector unions and private sector unions.

Public Sector Unions, also known as government unions, negotiate over tax dollars, which are viewed as an endless source of revenue. Government union leaders can, and do, constantly seek more taxpayer money for their own benefit.

Private sector unions negotiate over company profits, meaning when the company is not profitable, the union recognizes that and negotiates accordingly.

As you can see, the source of revenue is very different for each of these groups.

Over the last few weeks, the issue of furlough for over 500 state employees at various Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Call Centers has been a front and center issue.

Many people have weighed in with their opinions on who exactly is to blame for these furloughs; Governor Wolf or the state senate.

Frank Sirianni, president of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council is quoted in an article by Chris Comisac from  Capitol Wire saying:

“In all reality, they don’t have to cut there,” said Frank Sirianni, president of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council about the planned UC call center closures. “They can cut somewhere else – they’re doing that because it’s a high leverage point, and they can leverage other people with it.”

SEIU Abandons Members, Backs Scrooge Wolf
This flyer was distributed by union leadership regarding the pending layoffs of state workers. Note how it doesn’t mention Gov. Wolf who could stop the job losses with a wave of a pen.

At a state office building union representatives, Wednesday, Dec. 7, were handing out a flyer that references me.

I have repeatedly stated that the SEIU, which represents the workers of the Unemployment Compensation Call Centers, should use the union dues they have collected from their members to put together a plan of legal action to block the closure of the call centers.

In addition to losing their jobs, the effected call center employees will have their benefits terminated at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 19. Why haven’t their union representatives stepped in and offered to cover the cost of the health insurance for  their members for the next six to 12 months?

If asked these questions, the union will respond and say that they do not have the money to file legal action or to cover the cost of the employees health care for a few months. What happened to all the dues money that was collected from these call center employees?

According to “How Union Bosses Sold Out Their Workers” by Real Clear Politics — published the day the flyer was being distributed —  $100 million–  money collected from their members —  was spent on political races in support of losing candidates.

Just think how much health insurance coverage could be provided to these union dues-paying members with that $100 million.

As of right now, It appears that Gov. Wolf is going to allow the layoffs to take place. It also appears that the SEIU union will be not assisting their members.

It is very unfortunate that Gov. Wolf is laying off the call center workers on Dec. 19, just six days short of Christmas.

Sen. Wagner represents the 28th District in the Pennsylvania Senate.

SEIU Abandons Members, Backs Scrooge Wolf

 

Unemployment Calls Center Closings Political Game

Unemployment Calls Center Closings Political Game

By Sen. Scott Wagner

Unemployment Calls Center Closings Political GameContained in this column is a response letter that I submitted to the York Daily Record regarding the closing of state Unemployment Compensation Call Centers.

Very simply put – it is time to “Drain the Swamp in Harrisburg.”

I am completely sympathetic toward the union employees affected by this political game orchestrated by Governor Wolf.

Last month I met a Maryland State Senator and she was asking me how I liked being an elected official.

I told her a few stories of the waste, fraud and abuse that I see every day in Harrisburg and how powerless I see our Legislature when it comes to out of control spending.

She made a statement to me which cut right to the center of the problem in Government, whether in Harrisburg or Washington, DC.

The Senator stated, “The real problem in government is the career bureaucrats who work in government as a full career. They watch elected officials come and go and most times have an attitude that we have to put up with certain elected officials until they move on or get out of government. These career bureaucrats are the belly of the beast.”

How true is that statement ?

Trust me on this – the people who elected me are the real patriots. I am honored that the voters trusted me. I can assure you on this point – I will not stop until the swamp is drained in Harrisburg. I am on my way to the scuba shop to get the gear necessary to go down in the water, find the drain, and drain the swamp.

There are billions of dollars being wasted in Harrisburg – it is time to hold people accountable.

Below is the letter.

I am writing in response to Carl Huber’s letter to the editor (“Scott Wagner playing Scrooge this holiday,” Nov. 28).

Unfortunately, the call center employees have become political hostages of Gov. Wolf – so don’t blame me or my senate colleagues.

I was elected as a Pennsylvania state senator to do a job. I am expected to do my job. I will not be a rubber stamp for waste, fraud and abuse in Harrisburg.

There is an alarming amount of taxpayer money being wasted in Harrisburg. I see it first-hand every day. This project was fed approximately $240 million over the last four years with zero accountability. Now the senate is being pressured into throwing another $57.5 million down a black hole without any questions being asked.

In 2006, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania signed a $106.9 million contract with IBM to be completed in 2009.

IBM’s contract was to give the state a new computer system to track employee wages, employer taxes, handle unemployment claims, appeals, and payments.

In July of 2013, the state terminated the contract with IBM because it was $60 million over budget. The $60 million was in addition to the $106.9 million initial contract, and it was 42 months late. What happened with this contract? Who was held accountable for the cancelled IBM contract?

Later in 2013, the Legislature voted to allocate $60 million per year for four years, and that ends at the end of this year. This was for the same project that was contracted with IBM and then cancelled.

So let’s recap for taxpayers – $106 million plus another $60 million for IBM.  Add the last four years of $60 million per year for a total of $240 million – all for a grand total of more than $400 million in taxpayer money.

Everywhere I go throughout the state, taxpayers complain to me about the pension crisis, school property taxes, and many other hot button issues such as lack of accountability in Harrisburg. If we don’t stop the waste and abuse of taxpayer money, we will never fix other problems in Pennsylvania.

Without getting into too much detail, there is another project that has wasted almost $1 billion of taxpayer money over the last 10 years, and that is the statewide radio system. Guess what – the statewide radio system doesn’t work!

Gov. Wolf recently terminated the 10-year failed radio contract and re-signed with another company in the last 90 days for another stab at the statewide radio project.

That’s another almost $1 billion wasted. Again, I ask – who is being held accountable?

I have a suggestion for the affected employees at the call centers: Why don’t the union officials who represent you and collect dues from the affected employees at the state call centers that Gov. Wolf is threatening to close look into taking legal action to stop the layoffs and force Gov. Wolf to find funding to keep these employees from being laid off?

Instead of criticizing me or my colleagues in the senate, the unions who represent these affected workers and collect dues from these same workers should step up and fight for them.

Is the relationship between these unions and Gov. Wolf too cozy for them to fight for their members?

To Carl Huber: You are obviously a Democrat by your Republican comment in your letter. As an elected Pennsylvania state senator, I represent Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

Maybe waste and abuse of taxpayer money in Harrisburg is not an issue for you – but I can assure you a large majority of the taxpayers in Pennsylvania are fed up with Harrisburg.

Sen. Wagner represents the 28th District in the Pennsylvania Senate.

Unemployment Calls Center Closings Political Game

Petty Wolf Punishes Opponents For Doing Job

Petty Wolf Punishes Opponents For Doing JobPetty Wolf Punishes Opponents For Doing Job

By Sen. Scott Wagner

Last Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Pennsylvania  Senate had one session day in which Senate Leadership for the next legislature session was elected and several bills were considered. One bill that caught my attention was House Bill 2375 which would have amended the Unemployment Compensation Law to provide up to $57.5 million in funding to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund (SIIF) in calendar year 2017.

The bill clarified that money may be used for technological upgrades to the delivery system for unemployment compensation benefits. A lively discussion took place in the Senate Republican Caucus at which point I learned that four years ago the legislature approved $60 million per year for four years to upgrade the delivery system (computer hardware and software).

Wait a minute – the legislature authorized $60 million a year for four years  which ends on Dec. 31. Over four years the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) was given $240 million and now they want another $57.5 million? I have had enough of zero accountability in Harrisburg. Why wasn’t the project completed on time and why was the Senate expected to vote to give L&I another $57.5 million at the eleventh hour?

Later that afternoon, after the Senate did not vote to give L&I the additional $57.5 million dollars, Governor Wolf issued a press release that he was angered by the Senate’s failure to vote and approve this funding and that call centers may close. Over the next two days, Thursday and Friday, Governor Wolf stated that call centers will close around the state because of the funding issue. Not a surprise to me, Governor Wolf has selected to close call centers that are all in Republican Senate Districts.

In the private sector people would lose their jobs if $240 million was spent to upgrade  a system and then four years later it was still not completed. A good place to start would be to fire the Secretary of Labor and Industry and the managers who failed to deliver the final product. And who does the Secretary of Labor and Industry report to? Governor Wolf.

Why aren’t people being held accountable in Harrisburg?

In 2018, taxpayers of Pennsylvania get to hold Governor Wolf accountable and elect him out of office.

This is another great example of abuse of taxpayer funds, lack of leadership from Gov. Wolf and his unwillingness to hold people accountable. I have had enough.

I have been in Harrisburg since April 2014 and I have witnessed first-hand the financial games being played by Gov. Wolf and his Administration. Trust me when I tell you this, Gov. Wolf and his Budget Secretary know where to find money to continue to fund the call centers.

Gov. Wolf did not have a problem finding money this past August to give almost 30,000 state employees wage increases of almost 12 percent over a 27 month period – based on my calculation these wage increases total over $150 million and were not part of the 2016-17 budget. I serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee and we were not informed of these increased wage costs.

I was elected by voters in the 28th Senate District to do my job – the pension crisis has not been solved, school property taxes continue to increase, roads and bridges are crumbling, and we have the highest state gas tax in the nation – it is time we hold Harrisburg accountable which starts in the Governor’s office.

Stay tuned and watch how Governor Wolf grandstands and turns this issue into a political issue resulting in closing call centers and using state employees as hostages.
Sen. Wagner represents the 28th District in the Pennsylvania Senate.

Petty Wolf Punishes Opponents For Doing Job

Keystone State Key In Trump Win

Keystone State Key In Trump Win

By Sen. Scott Wagner Keystone State Key In Trump Win

We did it!

What a roller coaster election.

Congratulations to the 2.9 million Pennsylvania voters who came out yesterday and cast their vote for Donald J. Trump as our next President of the United States.

We have once again earned our nickname, “The Keystone State.”

Pennsylvania was instrumental in pushing Donald Trump over the finish line, turning our state RED for the first time since 1988.

York County voters came out big to vote for Donald Trump.

Here in York County, the unofficial vote count is as follows:
Donald Trump – 126,933
Hillary Clinton – 67,428

I keep hearing the same question being asked in the media: How did this happen?

I can tell you how it happened.

Working class men and women came out in record numbers to vote for Donald Trump.

They’re tired and fed up with getting the same old excuses out of our elected officials and bureaucrats in Washington.

Our roads and bridges are crumbling; Obamacare is strangling the middle class; our economy is stagnant; and most importantly, taxpayers are tired of being overlooked and underappreciated.

Donald Trump’s victory is a huge win for taxpayers – your message and this Movement were heard loud and clear.

I’m optimistic that Donald Trump will surround himself with professionals who are experts in their fields and can help him be successful.

I am also happy to report that we have secured a veto-proof majority in the Pennsylvania State Senate.

Republicans picked up three more Pennsylvania State Senate seats, giving us the ability to override the Governor’s veto pen.

In a huge upset in Erie, Dan Laughlin was able to claim victory in the 49th Senatorial District.

My long-time friend John DiSanto was able to unseat the Democratic incumbent in Harrisburg winning the 15th Senatorial District.

Wayne Langerholc was able to claim victory in the 35th Senatorial District which covers Bedford, Cambria and Clearfield counties.

Finally, Senator Tom Killion was re-elected to serve a full four-year term in the 9th Senatorial District representing the Philadelphia suburbs.

We were unsuccessful securing the 19th Senatorial District which covers Chester County but we had a superior candidate, Jack London, who as of this past Sunday knocked on over 21,000 doors in the District.

As the Cycle Chairman for the Senate Republican Campaign Committee (SRCC), I am extremely proud of our candidates who were on the ballot this year and I look forward to working with our newest Senators to Make Pennsylvania Great Again.

A special thank you to our volunteers across the Commonwealth. You are the unsung heroes of elections. Without you, we wouldn’t be celebrating these victories today.

Sen. Wagner represents the 28th District in the Pennsylvania Senate.

Keystone State Key In Trump Win

Hillary Juror Question From Sen.Wagner

Hillary Juror Question

By Sen. Scott Wagner

The Presidential election is just five days away and both the Clinton and Trump campaigns are in full gear to win.

Hillary Juror Question From Sen.Wagner
Imagine you were on their jury.

I am deeply disturbed as the news continues to pour out every day revealing more of Hillary Clinton’s activities while she served as the Secretary of State for our country and her involvement with the Clinton Foundation. 

The news last week that the FBI has obtained more emails from Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin via her husband Anthony Weiner, a former U.S. Congressman, has turned this story of massive political obstruction into a complete disgrace of our justice system.

If you or I broke 1% of the laws broken by Hillary Clinton we would have been arrested, convicted and given a life sentence in prison.

Here is a great example of what I am talking about.

It has now become clear from news reports that President Obama had inserted himself into the FBI and Justice Department investigation which resulted in no charges being brought against Hillary Clinton.

Over the last several weeks President and Mrs. Obama have been campaigning across the country for Hillary Clinton – both of the Obama’s are traveling on Air Force One with Secret Service Security Details campaigning for Hillary Clinton all paid for by American Taxpayers. Does that bother you? IT BOTHERS ME.

News articles have reported the following:

 FBI Docs:  Aide Destroyed Hillary’s Old Phones With A Hammer:

http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/02/fbi-docs-aide-destroyed-hillarys-old-phones-with-a-hammer/

Clinton Foundation Scandal: A Justice Department Cover-Up Exposed?:

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/clinton-foundation-scandal-a-justice-dept-cover-up-exposed/

 Bill Clinton’s airport run-in with Loretta Lynch was no accident:

http://nypost.com/2016/10/03/book-details-how-team-obama-schemed-to-let-hillary-skate/

Memo shows Bill Clinton’s wealth was tied to Clinton Foundation:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/10/27/memo-shows-bill-clintons-wealth-tied-clinton-foundation/92842822/

The FBI Director’s Unworthy Choice:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-fbi-directors-dishonorable-choice-1477863402

It is completely baffling to me that there are Americans who are willing to turn a blind eye to the criminal activities committed by Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Simply put, Bill and Hillary Clinton are criminals and the thought that these two criminals would step foot inside the White House makes me sick to my stomach and outraged as an American.

 All of the criminal activities committed by the Clinton’s and their foundation took place while Hillary Clinton was receiving a paycheck from the federal government. I ask again – do you smell rotten fish?  

 Donald Trump is by no means an altar boy but his words and actions have not begun to approach the level of political corruption committed by the Clinton’s.

I will be glad to wake up next Wednesday morning with this election behind us. The American people are now catching on to Hillary Clinton’s bag of tricks and her mission to do anything she has to do to get elected.

I ask you to vote next week with this thought in mind: If you were selected for jury duty and you were asked to serve as a juror during a Hillary Clinton federal political corruption trial where bribery, destroying of evidence, influence pedaling, and violating national security laws were the major issues that she was charged with, would you as a juror, based on the evidence presented by the prosecution, find her guilty or not guilty?

When I vote next Tuesday for the next President of the United States, my choice is very clear – I will be voting for Donald Trump.

Sen. Wagner represents the 28th District in the Pennsylvania Senate.

Hillary Juror Question From Sen.Wagner

Harrisburg Broken. Really, Really Broken

Harrisburg Broken. Really, Really Broken

Harrisburg Broken. Really, Really BrokenBy Sen. Scott Wagner

In my past articles, I have reported repeatedly many of the findings in Harrisburg where I see first-hand waste, fraud and abuse.

Here is another great example of how mismanaged Harrisburg really is. Last Thursday (Sept. 29) the Auditor General held a press conference and reported the findings of an audit that was performed at the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS). 

It was reported at the press conference that from July 2013 to June 2014 DHS paid public assistance benefits (CASH) to over 2,300 deceased (DEAD) people.

Click here for a report from TV station WNEP- http://wnep.com/2016/09/29/audit-2300-deceased-people-on-welfare/

I continue to pound on the table that “Harrisburg does not have a revenue problem – Harrisburg has a spending problem.”

Well here is another slogan – Harrisburg is out of control – zero accountability – who cares, it is not our money.”

I have reported previously that there is a total lack of accountability in the various state agencies. DHS is the best example of an agency out of control.

You may ask yourself how an agency could be out of control. Here is the best and most accurate answer: Lack of leadership, direction and accountability.

Where should leadership, direction, and accountability start in Harrisburg you might ask – here is the simple answer – the Governor’s office.

Gov. Wolf has been in office for almost two years and I have not seen any large initiatives in any single state agency to determine how well a specific agency is performing or not performing.

In the last several months I have met with two separate companies and their representatives who have presented to me a scenario where, due to fraud and abuse, there are between $1.8 billion to $4 billion of fraudulent claims being paid by Medicaid through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services annually – the $1.8 billion and $4 billion are numbers that the federal government has provided based on total Medicaid dollars spent in Pennsylvania. Medicaid is the subsidized health care program for low income people that is managed by DHS.  What is being done about this fraud and abuse?

Absolutely nothing.

Since the beginning of this year I have received continued complaints from private sector companies and the natural gas industry that the Department of Environmental Resources (DEP) is delaying earth disturbance permits for pipeline projects.

Why are these permits being delayed? Here is the answer:  No leadership, direction and accountability.

Just a few weeks ago I received a complaint from a constituent that a specific agency was not returning telephone calls to discuss the constituent’s issue.  I directed a person in my Senate office to work on a resolution and guess what? Our telephone calls went unanswered.

How could our telephone calls go unanswered? No Leadership, direction and accountability.

I could go on for hours of how mismanaged Harrisburg really is. No leadership, No accountability, career bureaucrats and an attitude that instead of doing any heavy lifting and managing the money that already flows into Harrisburg. The first quick solution is to just raise taxes.

Governors come and go. House and Senate members come and go. Career bureaucrats stay below the radar screen to keep their jobs, generous benefits, and their coveted pensions when they retire.

At the end of September I completed my 30th month (two and a half years) in the Pennsylvania State Senate. All I can say is – WOW. I knew that state government was out of control in Harrisburg before I arrived and guess what?  It is 10 times worse than I expected.

I anticipate that in January of 2017 the Pennsylvania Legislature will be presented with a budget from Governor Wolf that will ask for substantial tax increases.

Who cares?

The current mentality from Governor Wolf is that Pennsylvania taxpayers can afford to pay more taxes.

If you are willing to pay more taxes instead of Governor Wolf providing leadership, direction and holding every person who works in state government accountable, please send me an email so we can put your name on a list so Harrisburg can send you a tax bill.

Out of control government in Harrisburg – the gift that just keeps on taking !

Harrisburg Broken. Really, Really Broken

Republicans Must Back Trump

Republicans Must Back Trump

By Sen. Scott Wagner

Republicans Must Back Trump
Scott Wagner represents the 28th District in the Pennsylvania Senate.

This column is regarding the ever frustrating presidential campaign.

Shown below in this email is a letter to the editor by Charlie Sexton from Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Charlie Sexton has been involved in politics for over 60 years and is a well-known advocate for Republican candidates and causes in the Philadelphia region and across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Charlie’s letter to the editor makes great points about the upcoming General Election and who we elect as our next President.

I have heard many Republicans over the last several weeks say they will never support Donald Trump.

They’re embarrassed to be associated with him and they’re afraid how they’ll be perceived if they publicly support him.

I can understand to some extent why people are hesitant to put their name behind someone who seems to be constantly putting his foot in his own mouth.

Donald Trump is not polished; he says what he’s thinking and many times he goes off the reservation.

I certainly do not agree with everything he says and does but that does not change the fact that he is our Republican nominee.

Donald Trump was not appointed – Donald Trump was not handpicked – he was elected by individuals across the United States to be the Republican candidate in the upcoming November General Election.

Donald Trump represents a movement by the voters and taxpayers who are sick of the same old waste, fraud, and abuse that has become synonymous with both Washington and Harrisburg.

Donald Trump was elected by individuals who are sick of the status quo and want to see changes.

I have attended many events all around Pennsylvania over the last month – I have heard repeatedly from individuals and elected officials that say, “we need to beat Hillary Clinton.”

Do people understand the path to beating Hillary Clinton in November is by electing Donald Trump? At this point, there is no other way that is going to happen.

A congressman made the following comment to me several weeks ago and I wholeheartedly agree – If Hillary Clinton wins in November every Republican elected official should be concerned.

People need to understand how critical this election is – If Hillary Clinton wins, there’s a good chance Republicans will lose the US House and Senate.

In addition, the single largest factor people need to understand is that if Hillary Clinton is elected she will appoint Supreme Court Justices who will impact our country over the next 40 years.

We cannot afford to have Hillary and Bill Clinton back in the White House.

It is critical that people who want change in America vote for Donald Trump on Nov. 8.

Letter to the Editor: Forgive Trump’s big mouth and let him lead the world
POSTED: 08/08/16, 7:56 PM EDT | UPDATED: 1 DAY AGO

Original Source: http://www.delcotimes.com/opinion/20160808/letter-to-the-editor-forgive-trumps-big-mouth-and-let-him-lead-the-world

To the Times:

I have been involved in American politics for 60 years, starting as a block worker, junior committeeman, committeeman, and township chairman of the most successful Republican committee in Delaware County. I was chairman of the Springfield Township Republican Committee from 1976 to 2007. I was elected by the voters seven times as a delegate to the national convention. I was three times the vice chairman of the credentials committee.

During this 31-year period, as chairman, I said and did some things that were plain dumb and sometimes stupid. Being Irish and not willing to take a punch in the nose was part of my problem; the other part was lack of discipline. The discipline part is something I couldn’t understand, I was a product of Catholic schools and taught by St. Joseph nuns. After my education I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, I only shot my big mouth off once — they shut it and I found out what discipline was all about.

I was not a supporter of Donald Trump, I like Gov. John Kasich of Ohio. I went out to the convention as an observer, I was not happy when Mr. Trump was nominated. The people who nominated him were representatives who the voters, Republican voters picked, they were from all over the country. A decision was made, an honest and fair decision, by the Republican electorate. Once they made that decision it was and still is my duty as a Republican to support our party’s nominee.

Mr. Trump has made some very bad mistakes with his undisciplined big mouth; probably the biggest mistake was his comments about the Gold Star mother’s silence. I can understand where he is coming from when being attacked verbally by opponents. He must have some Irish in his background because he also will not take a punch in the nose from anyone. If I said to you he must learn discipline, it would be an understatement.

Do I think he will discipline himself in the future? Yes I do. I think he is a smart guy. He has to know that he is destroying his chances to lead this nation into a national recovery, and be the leader of the free world.

I will now tell you my reasons other than he is my party’s choice, for supporting Donald Trump for president.

For the last eight years I have lived through changes in this country that have turned it from a nation that was founded and raised by a capitalistic principles, with a work ethic second to none to become a politically correct welfare state and a divided nation.

President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both have blood on their hands from the deaths of our ambassador to Libya. That three o’clock phone call came in and Secretary Clinton did nothing to help protect those brave Americans that made the ultra-sacrifice for our nation. Benghazi is something I think the American people cannot and will not forget. There is also the matter of the missing emails, I heard what the FBI director stated. I heard what she said. Again she lied to the American people. Mrs. Clinton cannot tell the truth when the truth would do.

She was a part of an administration that has been anything but transparent. Now the latest scandal is the money laundering, $400 million in Swiss francs and euros sent to Iran for the release of prisoners held there. She supports this deal that was made with Iran and it is unpopular in this nation. I believe a lot of these funds will find their way to terrorist organizations.

Most importantly is the terrorist organization known as ISIS. This group gained their power and made their so-called bones under Mr. Obama’s and Mrs. Clinton’s watch. How could anyone ever elect her president with the dismal record she has posted as Secretary of State?

As a 27-year-old attorney for the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate Investigation, Hillary Rodham was fired by her supervisor, Democrat Jerry Zeifman. When asked why Hillary was fired Zeifman said in an interview, “Because she was a liar. She was unethical, dishonest lawyer, she conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee, and the rules of confidentiality.”

I submit to you, leopards don’t change their spots.

This election is so important to the future of our children and grandchildren, their safety, the protection of the Constitution with regard to the appointment of Supreme Court justices! Forgive Trump’s dumb, stupid shooting off of the mouth. I do believe he has what is needed to lead the country in a different direction. In all good conscience how could you ever support Secretary Clinton, who can’t tell the truth and had proven by her reckless behavior, at Benghazi, emails, and other misgivings, she is not fit to lead.

Charles P. Sexton Jr., Springfield

Republicans Must Back Trump