The three Republican candidates met at a debate Tuesday held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, where they discussed issues such as education funding and taxes.
Health care consultant Paul Mango (R), businesswoman Laura Ellsworth (R), and state Sen. Scott Wagner (R) were all against increasing state funding for schools.
Wagner cited a statistic that says Pennsylvania spends $3,000 more per student than the national average, saying that there’s “enough money in the schools per student.”
Ellsworth supports charter school expansion, as does her two challengers, but believes the method of funding those schools needs reform: “Right now, we have a system where we are asking school districts to slit their wrists and bleed themselves for other children, that makes no sense. We need to fund alternative education in a more fair and rational way.”
Mango took issue with the state’s Keystone Opportunity Initiative program, “which provide temporary tax breaks to businesses that move to designated areas.”
“A Keystone Opportunity Zone is an admission that we have a fundamentally unattractive business environment,” Mango said. (WHYY-FM)