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Wagner Says Wolf Wants To 'Run Out The Clock' On Answers

Matt Rourke
Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner is criticizing Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf for avoiding debates before the Nov. 6 election.

Wagner said Monday that Wolf is hoping to run out the clock without telling Pennsylvanians about his education or tax proposals, and warns that a second-term Wolf could go on to propose another multibillion-dollar tax increase.

Wolf agreed to appear with Wagner at an Oct. 1 dinner sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, but is apparently rejecting at least a dozen debate invitations by TV stations and others.

In his first term, Wolf proposed billions of dollars in tax increases, a fraction of which lawmakers approved, while securing lawmakers' approval of roughly half of the $2 billion in new education money he had set as a first-term goal.