Reforming state government continues to be a big part of Tom Corbett’s agenda. As Attorney General he investigated and prosecuted lawmakers of both parties who used taxpayers’ money and state time for political campaigning, including the “Bonusgate” scandal. In his bid for a second four-year term as governor, he cites past reform accomplishments and additional changes he will pursue over his next term.
The number of state workers has been reduced by four percent under Tom Corbett’s watch. Budgets have been balanced and on time. He’s eliminated some legislative earmarks, imposed new travel policies for state workers, and reduced the state fleet of vehicles by 1,800.
In the future, the governor -- along with state Senator Randy Vulakovich -- would like to see lawmakers submit receipts for expenses. And he wants a cap on accounts under the control of legislative leaders.
“If you want honest government, you need limited government,” said PMA Executive Director David N. Taylor. “When government grows too large, too powerful, or too insulated, corruption becomes irresistible.”
For its part, the General Assembly has enacted a number of reforms since the 2005 pay raise and the bonusgate scandal.
In 2006, the General Assembly approved the Lobbying Disclosure Law; in 2007, a Right-To-Know Law; they voted to place curfews on floor sessions and now give lawmakers more time before having to vote on bills; they eliminated the post-election “Sine Die” session, where they often rushed through controversial legislation.