BLOG: For A Government That Works, Outside Income Disclosure Should Be Required

By: Mark Nicastre, Director of Communications

April 15, 2016

Right now, more than ever, we need to build trust in our democratic system. Clearly Americans – and Pennsylvanians – do not trust their government. They are disaffected by what they see. They are not confident that the people who serve them in Harrisburg have their best interests at heart.

This is not right. It’s not right for Pennsylvania and it’s not right for our democracy.

We need to restore trust in our institutions of government. That’s why Governor Wolf announced a set of government reform initiatives that will give the people of Pennsylvania reason to trust their public servants again.

Part of this reform packages includes requiring public officials to disclosure of the amount of compensation from outside employment and to ban paid service on corporate boards.

In Pennsylvania, some public officials earn income outside of their duties in public service. Currently, public officials are required to disclose the sources of outside income, but not the amount paid, or any information about the work that was performed. It’s time to makes sure this is more transparent so that we know our public officials have Pennsylvanians best interests at heart.

We must work together to ensure all public employees disclose the amount of compensation they receive from outside employment, within specified income bands, and that paid service on corporate boards is prohibited.

The overall goal is to ensure that the citizens of Pennsylvania trust the government that exists to serve them. Public officials must serve with integrity. They must promote good policies and serve as faithful stewards of our grand democratic tradition.

For more information, see Governor Wolf’s Government that Works Reform Plan: governor.pa.gov/govt-reform

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