For Immediate Release: March 11, 2010

Hoeffel Unveils Reform Plan
March 11, 2010 – Democrat Joe Hoeffel, who has made government reform a central issue in his campaign for governor of Pennsylvania, today released a reform plan for state government that zeroes in on ethical behavior, campaign finance reform, the budget process and government funding and legislative and congressional redistricting and reapportionment. “I want to restore Pennsylvania’s dignity,” Hoeffel said. “Corrupt acts, ethical abuses and the arrogance of power have become commonplace in Harrisburg. My administration will set a new standard for ethical behavior and decency in our state government.” Hoeffel said public employment should be viewed “as an honor and an opportunity to serve”, and he said he would hold members of his administration to the highest standards of public service. As governor, Hoeffel would: • Bar executive branch appointees and employees from receiving anything of value from lobbyists or state vendors at any time during their service to the commonwealth. • • Bar executive branch appointees from buying or selling any financial stake in any entity doing business with government at any time while in office. Bar executive branch appointees and employees from lobbying any state governmental body for one year after leaving state office. “Residents and businesses expect to be treated fairly when bidding on government work,” Hoeffel said. “They don’t want to worry about the scales being unfairly tipped because of special treatment.” When it comes to finance reform, Hoeffel wants to end the days of unlimited campaign contributions. “Pennsylvania is one of thirteen states which allow unlimited campaign contributions from individuals and political action committees to candidates,” he said. “Wealthy donors are able to exert tremendous influence on the outcome of elections and on the decisions elected officials make once in office.”

Hoeffel advocates a campaign contribution limit of $5,000 each for primary and general elections ($10,000 per cycle) to any candidate or office-holder for both individual donors and political action committees. He also said he would explore the feasibility of public financing for all elections with the goal of eliminating or isolating special interest money in financing campaigns. He also supports tighter campaign finance regulation so that contributions and expenditures in political campaigns are transparent to the public, and he supports eliminating no-bid contracts at all levels of Pennsylvania government and requiring a competitive selection process for vendors. “Requiring a competitive process levels the playing field by preventing the award of a contract to a campaign contributor without fair consideration of other vendors,” Hoeffel said. Hoeffel also said he would pursue legislation that would require candidates to file more frequent finance reports, especially in off years, and he said he would seek to centralize campaign finance reporting in Harrisburg for both state and local candidates. Throughout his campaign, Hoeffel has said the budget process in Harrisburg is broken and needs serious reform. He supports the creation of a Legislative Budget Office, modeled on the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, which will give nonpartisan analysis of the budget impact of proposed legislation. “Proposed legislation often leads to partisan disagreements within the legislature over how much programs will cost,” Hoeffel said. “Legislators and voters deserve a clear, unbiased analysis of these costs.” -moreHoeffel – add two Hoeffel also said he would force the legislature to tighten up its funding process. “Rep. Josh Shapiro reported in December that the General Assembly ended the fiscal year with a $201.4 million legislative surplus, said Hoeffel. “This surplus is unconscionable, especially during years of budget crises. I will veto any budget bill that includes "Walking Around Money" (WAMs), legislative or executive slush funds, or stopgap measures, and I will call on the legislature to return the legislative surplus to the general fund.”

Partisan gerrymandering will also be a thing of the past under a Hoeffel administration. “We need to respect municipal boundaries,” he said. “In Montgomery County, for instance, one municipality – Upper Dublin – is represented by four different state representatives. That is ludicrous. I will appoint a bipartisan reapportionment panel of distinguished citizens which will be directed to prepare its own reapportionment plan for both state and federal districts within Pennsylvania, and I will urge the legislature to follow the guidance provided by this panel as it redraws legislative district lines following the 2010 census.” Hoeffel will seek a state constitutional amendment to take redistricting and reapportionment out of the hands of the legislature for future redistricting. Hoeffel also said he would propose a strong whistle blower law in Pennsylvania. The entire Hoeffel reform plan for Pennsylvania is available at www.joehoeffel2010.com/ethics. -30Contact: Lauren Townsend Co-Campaign Manager Joe Hoeffel 2010 Mobile: 215-939-7621 Email: Lauren@joehoeffel2010.com

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