Governor Wolf Announces Ethics Reform In Pittsburgh

No word yet on how much support the Governor has from the legislature on the proposal.

Joe DeStio
March 12, 2018 - 12:32 pm

Credit: Joe Destio: KDKA Radio

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - No more Steelers tickets or free meals for state lawmakers under an ethics reform plan proposed today by Governor Tom Wolf.

Speaking to reporters in the grand lobby in the Allegheny County Courthouse, Wolf unveiled his "Citizens First" ethics initiative that would require passage in the state legislature. It includes:

- A gift ban for public officials. Wolf has already imposed such a ban on members of his administration. He says Pennsylvania is currently one of ten states with no specific law limiting gifts to public officials.

- No budget, no pay. Legislators, their staff, the governor and his top officials don't get paid until a complete budget is passed.

- Limits on contributions to candidates seeking elected office. Pennsylvania currently has no such limits. It would also limit Political Action Committee donations.

- Pay to play restrictions requiring disclosure of campaign contributions by parties seeking state contracts.

- Requiring public officials disclose all outside income

- Require receipts for all expenses reimbursed by taxpayer dollars.

"Since day one of my administration, I have done things differently and worked to rebuild public trust in the executive branch," Wolf said. "This proposal enforces strict standards for how Harrisburg operates and will rebuild trust in government." 

No word yet on how much support the Governor has from the legislature on the proposal.