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BLOG: Governor Wolf Continues “Government That Works” Reform Plan Tour (Round-up)

By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant

March 31, 2016

This week, Governor Tom Wolf made stops in Johnstown, Bellefonte, and Lancaster to discuss his “Government that Works” Reform Plan. The Governor’s five point plan includes instituting a statewide gift ban, disclosure of compensation received by public employees, contracting reform, increased lobbying oversight, and campaign finance reform.

“Since taking office, I’ve taken significant steps forward in making our government more open and transparent,” Governor Wolf said earlier this month. “However, special interests still wield too much power and influence in Harrisburg, which is one of the reasons why it has been, and continues to be, broken. We need to take on the special interests and status quo, and that starts with passing a ban on gifts for all public officials, contracting reform, increasing lobbying oversight, and increasing transparency across all of government.”

Take a look at the additional coverage below:

Lancaster Online: Gov. Wolf calls for government reform at F&M

“We need to make sure that we have a government that the people who we work for can actually trust,” Wolf told a group of students and faculty Wednesday at Franklin & Marshall College. “I think right now there is a trust deficit. There is a disaffection with politics.”

Centre Daily Times: Governor pushes reform plan in Bellefonte

“We need to do everything we can to promote the trust and justify the trust we need to have from the citizens of Pennsylvania,” [Governor Wolf] said in the media-only event. “That’s what makes democracy work.”

Tribune-Democrat: Wolf: Reforms ‘important for democracy’; outlines ‘Government That Works’ plan to increase transparency, ‘trust’

“The idea is to promote the kind of trust democracies need,” Wolf said. “I don’t want to sound like a civics teacher here, but the idea is that our job in Harrisburg – any government: here at the local level, state, national level – is we’ve got to promote and pass and enact policies that make a difference in the lives of Pennsylvanians. I get that. But we also have a much broader responsibility, as stewards of that grand democratic tradition, and we’ve got to make policies in a way, in a context that actually promotes trust.”

WPSU: Wolf Visits Bellefonte To Promote ‘Government That Works’

“I’d like to work with the legislature to develop some contribution limits that put Pennsylvania in with the majority of states that say, we need to have some limits, so people don’t have the sense that we have a system that is up for sale,” said Wolf.

WTAJ: Governor Wolf promotes “Government that Works” reform plan

“Pennsylvania is one of, I think, 12 states without any limit on campaign contributions. I’d like to work with the legislature to develop some contribution limits,” Governor Wolf said. “We really need to have some limits so that people don’t have the sense that we don’t have a system that is up for sale.”

Daily Collegian: Tom Wolf visits Bellefonte to discuss government reform plan

“Governor Tom Wolf visited Bellefonte Tuesday morning to discuss his “Government that Works” reform plan.There are five parts to this plan that attempt to work on trust between citizens of the commonwealth and their government from disclosing campaign contributions to monitoring public officials more closely.”

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