When lawmakers return in September (as if there aren’t problems to solve during the summer), we may see action on the proposed Public Integrity Commission. This strengthening of law enforcement with regard to honesty and ethics in government is the best legislation of its kind introduced since the Pay Raise of 2005.
Also this fall, the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) in Washington, DC will begin reporting on corruption in the states through its State Accountability Project. In conjunction with Global Integrity and Public Radio International, the CPI has been studying corruption all year. I have been fortunate to be one of those in PA to whom the CPI has turned for information about our government. I also have been chosen as one of CPI’s peer reviewers prior to publishing their findings.
Also this fall, we plan to release a report on the state’s “Integrity Budget” – the budget for those state agencies that enforce laws on public records, campaign financing, lobbying, government ethics, auditing, and other forms of public integrity.
Our goal is to have this report available when the governor and legislature take up next year’s budget. It is no secret that our laws are bad, their enforcement is lax, and the penalties are often puny. With the Integrity Budget, we will give you information you need to change that.
To prepare for all of this and more, I will be taking a sabbatical from DR for about two months in July and August. Between now and early September, Research Director Terry Shaffer will keep you informed on Facebook and will work with reporters and editors statewide to keep the news flowing. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org .
For those who would like to schedule me for a speaking event this fall, please contact Nancy Nixon in our Carlisle office: email@example.com , or 717-249-3300.
Best wishes to you for the summer.
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