In the spring, Scott Wagner sent out a mass email criticizing Jon Ritchie, a Cumberland County Republican and state Senate candidate, for taking money from the state’s largest teachers union. In September and October, Wagner gave more than $400,000 of his own money to defeat an incumbent Democratic state senator in Erie County.The two races demonstrate how Wagner, a York County Republican state senator, has influenced politics statewide and has helped create a state Senate that’s more conservative on spending and tax issues.When the new legislative session begins in January, Republicans will have their largest majority in the Pennsylvania state Senate in almost 70 years. They will control 34 of 50 seats.Some of those state senators won their seats with significant help from Wagner, a frequent critic of public sector unions and the power they have in government. The wealthy businessman has already said he plans to run for governor in 2018, and he intends to write “a significant seven figure check” to his campaign. READ: Who has received $100,000 or more from Wagner? The owner and president of Penn Waste Inc. has already put a lot of his money into politics. A YDR analysis of Department of State records found that Wagner… Read full this story
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