SLOCUM TWP. — Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner Thursday chose a Mountain Top trucking and topsoil business to announce his plan to “empower Pennsylvania’s economy” — a jobs policy he said will cut taxes, reduce regulations, and harness economic potential.
Wagner, 63, released his detailed, substantive plan to improve the economy and create jobs in Pennsylvania at Dotzel Trucking and Top Soil in Slocum Township — a family-run business since 1978.
Wagner said his plan 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.
“As a job creator that has started businesses from the ground up, I know exactly what we need to do to make Pennsylvania more business friendly,” Wagner said of the plan. “Harrisburg’s excessive tax and regulatory climate continues to stand in the way of our economic potential and I’m committed to changing that. My plan will get government off the backs of business owners so they can innovate, expand and produce the economic prosperity that has eluded us for far too long.”
Wagner is trying to deny a second term to Democrat Tom Wolf in the November General Election.
Norb Dotzel, owner of Dotzel Trucking and Topsoil, said Wagner knows what it’s like to run a small business and he knows what is needed.
“Scott Wagner will bring an entrepreneurial spirit to Harrisburg,” Dotzel said.
“He has built multiple businesses from the ground up and offers Pennsylvania vision and leadership. For decades, Harrisburg has taken an adversarial position toward Pennsylvania’s business community,” Dotzel added.
“Scott and (Lieutenant Governor candidate) Jeff Bartos are promising to turn Pennsylvania’s government into a business-friendly, customer-oriented enterprise,” he continued. “Their proposals will support workers and business owners by growing our skilled labor force and empowering job creators. With Scott and Jeff implementing their plan, I am excited for the future of my business.”
Wolf campaign responds
Beth Melena, Wolf campaign spokesperson, issued a statement in response to Wagner’s appearance.
“Scott Wagner is the very worst of Harrisburg,” Melena said. “He wants to burden middle-class families and seniors by taxing groceries, clothing, and retirements so he can give handouts to corporations and big oil and gas. He only wants to cut regulations for his own business so he can line his own pockets while continuing to raise prices on small businesses and consumers.”
Melena said Gov. Wolf is fighting to grow Pennsylvania’s economy and create good paying jobs. She said Wolf eliminated the capital stock and franchise tax once and for all and created a one-stop-shop for small businesses to help cut through red tape and help entrepreneurs grow.
“Gov. Wolf has also made significant investments in workforce development to ensure that more Pennsylvanians have access to high-wage, family sustaining jobs.” Melena said.
About Wagner’s plan
Wagner said Pennsylvania has the potential to be a major economic powerhouse. He said Gov. Wolf has not implemented any economic policies or plans leading to growth for Pennsylvania.
“We are currently lagging behind the national economy and the economies of our neighboring states,” Wagner said.
Wagner said his plan will:
• Eliminate unnecessary regulatory burdens, ending an overly complex system and ensuring that the regulations that do exist are necessary and effective.
• Implement tax policies which will encourage new business growth and support the businesses that have already invested in Pennsylvania.
• Provide the strong leadership necessary to remove this obstacle and successfully lead us on a path to a powerful economy.
• Work tirelessly to promote Pennsylvania and take advantage of every opportunity for growth.
• Provide the necessary investment to train future workers and retrain aging workers, delivering a skilled workforce capable to support any and all economic growth.
• Advance an infrastructure plan guaranteeing the development necessary to support industry.
“From energy, transportation, agriculture and manufacturing, Pennsylvania can achieve maximum growth when robust infrastructure is available for our businesses and residents,” Wagner said.
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