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Tom Wolf on Government Reform

 

 


Streamline government; reduce number of state employees

We've saved billions of dollars and reduced the number of state employees--without furloughs, all while improving customer service. We've gotten rid of facilities and leases that we don't use or need while consolidating commonwealth operations within the capitol complex. We've made the procurement process smarter and more efficient. We will continue to look for ways to streamline government so we can invest in the things that matter to Pennsylvanians while at the same time serving them better.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Pennsylvania legislature , Feb 5, 2019

Independent commission to decide voting districts

Q: Support nonpartisan redistricting to address charges of partisan gerrymandering?

Scott Wagner (R): No. Supports current system where state lawmakers draw legislative & congressional districts.

Tom Wolf (D): Yes. Supports independent redistricting commission. Proposed special session for redistricting reform.

Source: CampusElect 2018: Pennsylvania legislative voting records , Oct 9, 2018

Same-day voter registration; automatic voter registration

Q: Support stricter voting rules such as voter ID requirements even if they prevent some people from voting?

Scott Wagner (R): No public statements found.

Tom Wolf (D): No. Supports same-day & automatic voter registration & modernizing absentee voting. Refused Trump Administration request for personal information of every registered PA voter.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide: Pennsylvania Governor race , Oct 9, 2018

Limit campaign contributions

Q: Tighten campaign finance rules?

Scott Wagner (R): May be open to idea. Supports increased limits on lobbyists.

Tom Wolf (D): Yes, limit contributions. Add same-day voting, automatic voter registration & nonpartisan redistricting.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide: Pennsylvania Governor race , Oct 9, 2018

Ban "no-bid" contracts; increase transparency

Tom Wolf believes that stronger government and ethics reforms can help reduce or eliminate the potential for the appearance of corruption in state government while providing transparency to the political process. Wolf wants to make Pennsylvania a national leader in transparency and accountability in politics. Tom wants to take a different kind of approach and implement real state ethics and government contracting reforms.

Tom will sign an Executive Order banning "no bid" contracts to private law firms and requiring the Office of General Counsel to issue written justification for the need and the cost effectiveness of hiring outside counsel.

Written justification would be required before any contracts for outside counsel could be considered under a Wolf administration, and any hiring of outside law firms would be through competitive bids. In that way, the public will know why a law firm's services were needed in the first place and how they were hired to meet those legal needs.

Source: 2014 Gubernatorial campaign website, WolfForPA.com, "Plan" , Mar 3, 2014

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John Fetterman
Ken Krawchuk
Mark Critz
Michael Nutter
Scott Wagner
Tom Corbett
PA Senatorial:
Bob Casey
Jim Christiana
Joe Sestak
Katie McGinty
Lou Barletta
Pat Toomey
Rick Saccone
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CA Recall:
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vs.Former U.S.Rep Doug Ose(R)
NJ: Incumbent Phil Murphy(D)
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vs.Candidate Hirsh Singh(R)
vs.GOP Hair Doug Steinhardt(R)
VA: Incumbent Ralph Northam(D,term-limited)
vs.A.G. Mark Herring(D)
vs.State Sen. Amanda Chase(R)
vs.Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax(D)
vs.State Rep. Jennifer Carroll Foy(D)
vs.State Rep. Lee Carter(D)
vs.Former Governor Terry McAuliffe(D)
vs.State Sen. Jennifer McClellan(D)
vs.State Rep. Kirk Cox(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2022:
AK: Incumbent Mike Dunleavy(R)
(no prospective opponents yet)
AL: Incumbent Kay Ivey(R)
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AR: Incumbent Asa Hutchinson(R,term-limited)
vs.Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin(R)
vs.Trump Adviser Sarah Huckabee Sanders(R)
vs.A.G. Leslie Rutledge(R)
AZ: Incumbent Doug Ducey(R,term-limited)
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CA: Incumbent Gavin Newsom(D)
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CO: Incumbent Jared Polis(D)
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CT: Incumbent Ned Lamont(D)
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FL: Incumbent Ron DeSantis(R)
vs.U.S.Rep. Val Demings(? D)
vs.Former Gov.Charlie Crist(? D)
GA: Incumbent Brian Kemp(R)
vs.Minority Leader Stacey Abrams(D)
vs.Senate candidate Shane Hazel(L)
HI: Incumbent David Ige(D,term-limited)
vs.State Rep. Andria Tupola(R)
IA: Incumbent Kim Reynolds(R)
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KS: Incumbent Laura Kelly(D)
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MA: Incumbent Charlie Baker(R)
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MD: Incumbent Larry Hogan(R,term-limited)
vs.State Rep. Robin Ficker(R)
vs.State Rep. Peter Franchot(D)
vs.DNC chair Thomas Perez(D)
vs.RNC chair Michael Steele(? R)
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NM: Incumbent Michelle Lujan Grisham(D)
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NY: Incumbent Andrew Cuomo(D)
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OH: Incumbent Mike DeWine(R)
vs.Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley(? D)
OK: Incumbent Kevin Stitt(R)
vs.State Sen. Ervin Yen(R)
OR: Incumbent Kate Brown(D,term-limited)
vs.Gov. nominee Bud Pierce(R)
PA: Incumbent Tom Wolf(D,term-limited)
vs.U.S.Rep. Lou Barletta(? R)
RI: Incumbent Gina Raimondo(D,to Cabinet)
vs.Gov. Dan McKee(D)
vs.Secy.Matt Brown(? D)
vs.Mayor Allan Fung(? R)
SC: Incumbent Henry McMaster(R)
vs.State Rep. James Emerson Smith(? D)
vs.U.S.Rep. Joe Cunningham(? R)
SD: Incumbent Kristi Noem(R)
vs.State Rep. Billie Sutton(? D)
TN: Incumbent Bill Lee(R)
vs.Senate nominee Marquita Bradshaw(? D)
TX: Incumbent Greg Abbott(R)
vs.U.S.Rep. Allen West(? R)
VT: Incumbent Phil Scott(R)
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WI: Incumbent Tony Evers(D)
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WY: Incumbent Mark Gordon(R)
vs.Minority Leader Chris Rothfuss(D)

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vs.Former Gov. Matt Bevin(? R)
Senator Rand Paul(? R)
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