Wagner says he'd fight urban poverty where Democrats failed

Published 09-18-2018

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner is accusing public officials, and Democrats in particular, of failing to combat urban poverty, and says he'd get his administration involved in the fight.

Wagner told a Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia event Tuesday at the downtown Pyramid Club that he'd establish a low-interest loan fund for people wanting to start a business and partner with firms like Uber and Lyft if necessary to make mass transportation more accessible.

He noted that Philadelphia is ranked as the nation's poorest major city, and questions what Philadelphians and other urban dwellers have to lose by supporting him.

Wagner also says he'd retool public-assistance programs and overhaul sentencing, probation and parole systems that are unduly punitive.

Wagner is challenging Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in November's election.

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