OU Advocacy-PA 2014 Gubernatorial Voter Guide

Voter Guide

As part of its efforts to educate the Jewish community about candidates running for office and their positions, OU Advocacy-PA reached out to the candidates for governor with questions about education and more general issues. The Orthodox Union is a not-for-profit organization and does not endorse any candidate.

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The Candidates

Gov. Tom Corbett


Governor Tom Corbett was inaugurated as governor of Pennsylvania in January 2011. Under Gov. Corbett’s leadership, the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program was expanded and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) program was launched, giving parents more opportunities for school choice. Gov. Corbett also signed the Safe School legislation into law, which increased funding for school safety and made Pennsylvania the first state to dedicate funds to training and paying school resource officers and school safety officers. For more information, visit www.tomcorbettforgovernor.com.

Rob McCord


As treasurer for Pennsylvania, McCord repaired the $1.5 billion PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan, taking it from 70 percent to 100 percent funded in three years, making college more accessible for families across the state. Prior to being elected treasurer, McCord served as co-founder and Managing Director of Pennsylvania Early Stage Partners — a family of three venture funds that invested in early-stage life-science and information technology firms; and he co-founded the Eastern Technology Fund, a successful provider of funding that served more than 800 innovative companies. For more information, visit www.robmccord.com

Rep. Allyson Schwartz


U.S. Representative Allyson Y. Schwartz is currently serving her fifth term representing Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District. She has received national renown for her work on behalf of education, lowering healthcare costs and easing the tax burden on middle-class families. As the only Jewish member in Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation, Schwartz has a deep and personal commitment to strengthening America’s relationship with Israel and promoting ties between the two democratic nations. From 1990 to 2004, she served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, where she established the Pennsylvania Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). For more information, visit www.allysonschwartz.com

Tom Wolf


Tom Wolf's company, the Wolf Organization, employs hundreds of people and does business in dozens of states. Wolf was appointed by Gov. Bob Casey to an economic development board and served on the Legislative Commission on Urban Schools and also served as Secretary of Revenue in Gov. Ed Rendell’s cabinet. Wolf has also been active in his community, serving as Chair of the York County United Way, the York County Community Foundation, the York College Board of Trustees, and as Chairman of the York County Chamber of Commerce and has also been active in the York Jewish Community Center. For more information, visit www.wolfforpa.com

The Questions

1. What role should the state have in providing and funding an education for every child?

2. Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit program and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program: do you support these programs? Do you intend to cut the program or expand it?

3. How do you propose to ensure that schools in our state are adequately funded? Would you support a funding formula for school districts to ensure that they are adequately funded? If so, what would be the key factors in such a formula?

4. Do you agree/Disagree/Undecided that tax dollars for education should follow the child? As long as Pennsylvania taxes citizens for public education, children should be able to choose a public or private school for Kindergarten through 12th grade, as they can for higher education. Please elaborate.

5. Do you agree/Disagree/Undecided that Pennsylvania should return to a part-time legislature with a limited number of legislative session days —similar to 46 other states. Please elaborate.

6. The economic health of business is vital to the future prosperity of the Commonwealth. How would your Administration create jobs and stimulate the economy?

7. Children cannot learn, and teachers cannot teach, in an unsafe or disruptive environment. What are your goals regarding school safety in general as well as specifically for non-public schools?

8. As Governor of Pennsylvania, my highest priorities as a public servant to the taxpayers and citizens of Pennsylvania will be …