Northeast Times endorses U.S. Rep. Schwartz for governor

Four Demo­crats are seek­ing their party’s nom­in­a­tion for gov­ernor on Tues­day, while vul­ner­able Gov. Tom Corbett is un­op­posed on the Re­pub­lic­an tick­et.

The Demo­crat­ic can­did­ates gen­er­ally agree on the is­sues, and it would have been nice to have former Aud­it­or Gen­er­al Jack Wag­n­er re­main in the race to present a more mod­er­ate voice, but he had no money after a late entry.

The North­east Times en­dorses U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz in the Demo­crat­ic primary for gov­ernor.

Schwartz would make a seam­less trans­ition to Har­ris­burg. After all, she spent 14 years as a state sen­at­or be­fore be­ing elec­ted to Con­gress in 2004.

In the U.S. House, she has de­livered more than $100 mil­lion in trans­port­a­tion funds to her dis­trict in North­east Phil­adelphia and Mont­gomery County, help­ing to spur eco­nom­ic de­vel­op­ment. That would be a pri­or­ity of hers as gov­ernor.

Oth­er vi­tal is­sues she would stress as gov­ernor in­clude in­creased fund­ing for state uni­versit­ies, along with a two-year tu­ition freeze; an in­crease in the in­come eli­gib­il­ity for col­lege stu­dents seek­ing state grants; an in­crease in the in­come ceil­ing for seni­or cit­izens ap­ply­ing for prop­erty tax/rent re­bates; high­er grants for the chil­dren of dis­abled vet­er­ans en­rolling in col­lege; a ban on gifts for ex­ec­ut­ive branch em­ploy­ees; and en­act­ment of cam­paign con­tri­bu­tion lim­its.

A Schwartz/Corbett cam­paign would give voters a clear choice in Novem­ber.

The oth­er can­did­ates are Katie Mc­Ginty, Tom Wolf and Rob Mc­Cord.

Mc­Ginty is a Rhawn­hurst nat­ive and Re­sur­rec­tion of Our Lord Gram­mar School and St. Hubert High School gradu­ate who formerly served as sec­ret­ary of the state De­part­ment of En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion. Her cam­paign has fo­cused on jobs and schools.

Wolf is a York County busi­ness­man and former sec­ret­ary of the state De­part­ment of Rev­en­ue. He’s pro­posed “A Fresh Start” plan that con­cen­trates on jobs, edu­ca­tion, in­fra­struc­ture and re­form.

Mc­Cord is in his second term as state treas­urer. He’d im­pose a whop­ping 10-per­cent tax on nat­ur­al gas drilling and in­crease the min­im­um wage to $10.70 an hour in 2015, then add 10 cents per hour to the wage each year through 2024. ••

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