The PNA sent questionnaires to the Governor and gubernatorial candidates, asking them to provide their thoughts on a range of government transparency issues.To view a candidate's response, click on their photograph below.
Governor Tom Corbett
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Moving toward 100% transparency is the most effective way to maintain accountability and responsiveness in state government. PennWATCH, new campaign finance websites have increased transparency; looks forward to building on these efforts.
We’ve taken many steps in the right direction, but will continue to improve transparency and would consider enhancements. Would work on eliminating redundant systems of access, such as inmates who already have access to information.
Will be a priority to continue to examine laws on books such as RTKL and Sunshine Act, to determine how citizens can be informed and participate in decision-making
Supports print notices. Committed to finding balance between digital media and preserving access for users of traditional print media.
Continues to support. Increased funding by $300,000 in the current fiscal year, and proposed another nearly $300,000 increase in his budget proposal.
New technologies create opportunities, and also raise concerns. Open to a meaningful dialogue with public stakeholders and interested media parties to consider appropriate use(s) of new technologies.
Rob McCord (See full response)
Any expenditure of public tax dollars should be publicly accessible. Will support Office of Open Records, expanded availability of public spending records.
Welcomed the 2008 amendments; more improvements necessary. RTKL should apply to state-related universities. Also would work to change for-profit companies using RTKL for own benefit.
Is open to discussion about exemptions under law; would consider increasing fines for violations. Example that $2,000 may not be effective deterrent.
Supports newspapers for publicizing government notices today, and thinks agencies should issue notices online concurrently. Believes online delivery is inevitable, with limited print notices in certain situations.
Will work with office to see it has resources needed to function better.
Issues need to be discussed thoroughly because this is an emerging area.
Kathleen McGinty (See full response)
Strong believer in government transparency; will direct state agencies to respond to requests by disclosing more, not less. Will also conduct top-to-bottom review of procedures.
Does not believe RTKL and Sunshine Act go far enough; would embrace goals of open data movement and provide access to information. Would review all current exemptions with a goal of making it easier to obtain documents.
Would review all current exemptions with a goal of making it easier to make meetings public.
Supports public notices in print media as a vital part of informing the public.
Supports funding and would upgrade state agency websites to make easier for public to find and gather information.
Concerned about use of drones by law enforcement and government.
Allyson Schwartz (See full response)
Has proposed a policy for bringing reform and integrity to state government; including a Cabinet-level Chief Integrity Officer, a complete prohibition on gifts for executive branch employees and legislators.
Will make a thorough review of Right to Know Law and Sunshine Law, to consider improvements. Will strongly consider fuller inclusion of state-related universities under RTKL
Will make a thorough review of Right to Know Law and Sunshine Law, to consider improvements.
Supports printing of public notices in newspapers, as newspapers still provide the widest possible distribution of this information.
Will provide adequate funding.
New, complex issues should be considered on issue-by-issue basis, taking into consideration both First and Fourth Amendment rights.
Tom Wolf (See full response)
Government is strongest when it is operating in a transparent manner, promoting public participation, and encouraging collaboration among all levels of government and with constituents. Will propose ethics and government reforms, including Office of Data Analysis and Program Management and gift-related reforms,.
Will work with key stakeholders to evaluate Right to Know Law and Sunshine Act to ensure that government is open, transparent, and accessible.
Must ensure that public notices are accessible in print and online.
Would support adequate funding.
Need statewide regulations to ensure that use of drones by law enforcement complies with legal surveillance requirements. Drones should not invade privacy of law-abiding residents.