good-government

Lease or reimburse? Pa. House lawmakers chose the latter for their state-sponsored travel

BY: - April 12, 2022

The leases cost between $419 to $650 a month as of 2021, depending on the vehicle, House Clerk Brooke Wheeler said in an email. At full price, that would cost taxpayers between $5,028 to $7,800 a year, but lawmakers also pay the House back a portion of the cost to cover personal travel. 

Former health secretary Beam takes lobbying job with UPMC, raising concern and hope

BY: - February 21, 2022

Alison Beam, who was a top staffer for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf before taking over the state Health Department in January 2021, will be hired as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s next vice president of government affairs, the healthcare giant announced last week.

Wolf, legislative leaders tap the well-connected for big salaries as oversight board members

BY: - March 3, 2021

Such appointments certainly aren’t new. But reformers were quick to call the trend, at best, discouraging to citizens, and at worst, feeding widespread and record low distrust in all levels of government.

Pa. House Committee advances gift ban bill

BY: - November 19, 2019

The compromise bill didn't go as far as some good government advocates would have preferred, but they welcomed Tuesday's committee vote