Running as a reformer is easy, but making a difference is a separate matter

Running as a reformer is easy, but making a difference is a separate matter

Eric Epstein is no stranger to the halls of Harrisburg.

Whether handing out screeds on nuclear waste concerns or firing up outraged Pennsylvanians over midnight pay hikes, he’s been a common sight at the Capitol since the early ‘80s.

But now, with green door hangers promising gift bans, regular town halls and a salary level from decades ago, he’s trying to win his way into the building full time as a Democrat holding the “radical center” ground.

“Saturdays we’re divided by Penn State, Notre Dame, Pitt. Sundays we’re divided by Steelers and Eagles. But we come back together,” Epstein said one overcast weekend while knocking doors in Colonial Park. “We gotta do that with politics again.”
Friday, October 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Ending lawmaker car leases on House agenda for fall session

Ending lawmaker car leases on House agenda for fall session

When 27 state House members drive back into Harrisburg in two weeks, they may be asked to vote on keeping the wheels that brought them to session.

Multiple House Republican members and staffers expect HB 482 from Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) to come for a floor vote during the first week back. The bill would eliminate the leasing of state vehicles to elected lawmakers going forward — but those currently with a car would be grandfathered in.

Thursday, September 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf continues push for government reform plan

Gov. Wolf continues push for government reform plan

Gov. Tom Wolf held a capital-area news conference Monday to push for the government reform plan he unveiled last week.

The governor’s plan would call for a gift ban for all public officials, provide for contracting reform, increase lobbying oversight, and provide increased transparency by providing for comprehensive campaign finance reform and other areas like requiring public officials to disclose the amount of outside income.

Monday, March 21, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Bipartisan proposal would allow citizens to decide lawmaker compensation

Bipartisan proposal would allow citizens to decide lawmaker compensation

A bipartisan proposal introduced in the House, and soon to be introduced in the Senate, would create a commission of citizens that would decide at what level lawmakers should be compensated, sponsors told The PLS Reporter Tuesday.

The proposal, based on a similar endeavor currently in place in California, is considered by those pushing for it to be a good government reform measure that stems from the infamous 2005 pay raise.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Teplitz discusses his goals for state government reform

VIDEO: Teplitz discusses his goals for state government reform

As co-chair of the Government Reform Caucus, Sen. Rob Teplitz (R-Dauphin) talks with The PLS Reporter about what he would like to see be accomplished by the caucus. 

Monday, July 7, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Video
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