Governor Wolf Introduces “Citizens First” Ethics Reform Plan (Round-up)
By: Governor’s Office of Communications
March 13, 2018
Reforming government has remained one of Governor Wolf’s top priorities since taking office three years ago. The governor refuses a pension and donates his salary to charity, banned administration officials and state employees from accepting gifts, signed comprehensive pension reform, and started the Office of Performance through Excellence, an office that builds on initiatives which have saved the commonwealth more than $373 million in the last two years.
On Monday, March 12, Governor Wolf unveiled his “Citizens First” ethics reform plan which includes a gift ban for public officials, ‘no budget, no pay’ legislation, public official expense reform, and steps to curb the influence of special interests in Harrisburg.
“Since day one of my administration, I have done things differently and worked to rebuild public trust in the executive branch,” Governor Wolf said. “This proposal enforces strict standards for how Harrisburg operates and it will rebuild trust in government. My plan will make sure that our citizens are the ones calling the shots – not entrenched special interests.”
Take a look at the coverage below:
WESA: Governor Wolf Says Ethics Reform Plan Will Strengthen Public Trust In State Government
Governor Tom Wolf proposed an ethics reform package Monday that includes a complete gift ban for elected and new campaign finance laws that would strengthen money disclosure requirements for candidates.
Wolf is also proposing that if lawmakers don’t pass a budget by the annual July 1 deadline, pay will be suspended for himself, lawmakers and their top aides. This deadline has been missed by state lawmakers the last three years.
Politics PA: Wolf Unveils Ethics Reform Plan
“This proposal enforces strict standards for how Harrisburg operates and it will rebuild trust in government. My plan will make sure that our citizens are the ones calling the shots – not entrenched special interests,” Wolf said.
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf proposes ethics reforms for Pennsylvania lawmakers
“This proposal will hold all public officials accountable to their constituents and make sure our citizens know exactly who’s in charge in Harrisburg,” he said.
His “Citizens First” six-point ethics plan also called for broader provisions to discourage “pay to play,” such as requiring disclosure of campaign contributions made by parties seeking state contracts. The governor also suggested additional transparency for legislators who have outside income, requiring disclosure of sources, type of work and amount of income received.
Times-Leader: Gov. Wolf introduces ‘Citizens First’ ethics reform plan
Following his own lead, Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday introduced his “Citizens First” ethics reform plan that includes a gift ban for public officials, “no budget, no pay” legislation, public official expense reform and steps to curb the influence of special interests in Harrisburg.
Associated Press: Wolf wants gift ban, no pay for officials in budget standoff
Pennsylvania’s governor wants to ban gifts to all elected state officials and to suspend pay for himself, lawmakers and their top aides when they haven’t fully enacted a budget by the annual deadline.
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