State of Pennsylvania secondary Archives: on Government Reform

Jim Christiana: PennWATCH: Taxpayers have right to see spending details

Committed to openness, transparency and accountability at all levels of government, Jim has authored legislation to make over $60 billion in annual government spending available online to Pennsylvania taxpayers. In 2011, his legislation to create PennWATCH, the Pennsylvania Web Accountability, Transparency and Contract Hub, was signed into law. The online database of all state government expenditures was launched in 2012. Following the success of PennWATCH, Jim led efforts to expand transparency to Pennsylvania's traditional, charter and cyber school districts. His SchoolWATCH legislation became Act 86 of 2016.
Source: 2018 Pennsylvania Senatorial website Jul 2, 2017

Katie McGinty: Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United

Q: On Campaign Finance: Do you support the DISCLOSE Act, which requires key funders of political ads to put their names on those ads?

McGinty: Yes

Toomey: No

Q: On Campaign Finance: Support Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which allows unlimited independent political expenditures by corporations and unions?

McGinty: No. Supports constitutional amendment to overturn.

Toomey: Yes

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Pennsylvania Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Pat Toomey: Voter ID law protects integrity of the system

Q: On Voting Rights: Support stricter voting rules such as voter ID requirements or reduced registration times, even if they prevent some people from voting?

McGinty: No. Supports extending early voting days and eliminating voter ID laws.

Toomey: Yes. Defended PA voter ID law that was later struck down by a court, arguing that requirements were minimal. Stated that PA's voter ID law had easy-to-meet requirements that protected the integrity of the system. Opponents argued that the law disenfranchised large numbers of otherwise eligible voters.

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Pennsylvania Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Katie McGinty: Stand against partisan attempts to disenfranchise voters

Q: In Shelby County v. Holder, the US Supreme Court invalidated provisions of the Voting Rights Act, which has led to disenfranchised voters across the US. If elected, what will you do to ensure that the voting rights of all Americans are protected?

KATIE MCGINTY: Voting is a fundamental right for Americans across this country. We must fully restore the Voting Rights Act to protect that right for thousands of Americans who are being disenfranchised. But we must also do more. As Senator, I will stand against partisan attempts to disenfranchise voters through new voter identification laws because we should be encouraging more people to vote, not systematically denying them that right. I also support reforms that increase accessibility and integrity in our elections like guaranteeing early voting and expanding options for voter registration.

Source: LWV's on 2016 Pennsylvania Senate Race Sep 19, 2016

Tom Corbett: No bumper sticker reads: "Vote to keep Harrisburg the same"

Now is not the time to be timid in our approach. Now is not the time to cling to old ideas and the status quo. Now is not the time to make small changes and expect big results.

Now is the time to be truly innovative. Now is the time to embrace new ideas. And now is the time to be bold. Pennsylvanians deserve this from us now. Every one of us has come here to make things better for all Pennsylvanians. Nobody in this room ran for office on a promise to keep Harrisburg the way it is. Nobody displayed a campaign bumper sticker that read: "Vote for me--I want to keep Harrisburg the same." No one ran on the promise to bind Harrisburg to the status quo. We all come from different backgrounds, various philosophies, but we share the common goal of a better Pennsylvania.

Our job isn't to explain why things can't be better. Our obligation is to make things better. We ran on the promise to change Harrisburg. Leave it to the historians to write our history. Our job is to make history--now.

Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Pennsylvania Legislature Feb 5, 2013

Tom Corbett: Phase the commonwealth out of the liquor business

I can think of no better use for the proceeds created by getting us out of a business we should never have been in than to put those dollars toward the essential responsibilities of state government. That is why I have proposed that, as we phase the commonwealth out of the liquor business, we put that money toward education.

Selling liquor is not a core function of government. Education is. We need to put our liquor system into private hands.

Pennsylvanians have waited too long for the day they could buy beer or wine at the grocery store or choose from a greater variety of offerings at privately owned liquor stores. This is our opportunity and our children's.

Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Pennsylvania Legislature Feb 5, 2013

Tom Corbett: Account for military & religious issues in voter photo ID

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