Metcalfe: PA should fire state workers who don’t file ethics papers.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania lawmaker says state employees should be fired if they don’t file their statements of financial interest.Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) says he plans to introduce legislation to terminate workers who fail to disclose information about their employment, creditors, gifts received on the job, and potential conflicts of interest.

Metcalfe said elected officials who fail to file the yearly statements cannot remain in office, but state workers face a $250 fine. Under current state law, he said public workers can receive as many as nine notifications before they’re fined.

Metcalfe said 756 state employees recently were turned over to the Ethics Commission for refusing to file, including 273 caseworkers from the Department of Human Services.

“For there to be such a blatant pattern of abuse among a specific group of public employees leads to even greater public suspicion of widespread waste, fraud and government corruption,” Metcalfe said in a statement. “The only way to address this situation in a manner that restores public trust is to pass this legislation which will lead to tougher and swifter penalties for state employees who refuse to comply.”

Metcalfe has released a co-sponsor memorandum urging support for his proposal.

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