Originally published at Pittsburg Tribune-Review
After a protracted battle with lawmakers, Gov. Tom Wolf’s unilateral push to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) now moves forward. At risk are tens of thousands of jobs, including private union jobs held by people that contributed to his reelection in 2018. It’s a strange reality amid the growing disconnect between politicians and blue-collar workers.
During Wolf’s reelection campaign, the governor received $864,000 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). His would-be successor, Democrat Attorney General Josh Shapiro, already has $2.7 million from private sector unions, including $227,000 from the IBEW, backing his 2022 bid.
At the federal level in 2020, 94% of IBEW’s spending went to Democrat candidates.
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