HARRISBURG – Knowing taxpayers deserve to see where and how their tax dollars are being spent, today the House approved with bipartisan support legislation by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) to allow the Pennsylvania Treasury to withhold payments on contracts until the responsible state agency has submitted the contract for public view.
“This is a lynchpin to ensure state agencies are following the law and are being as transparent as possible,” Grove said. “I look forward to this bill becoming law to better hold agencies accountable for spending the people’s money.”
House Bill 2485
would codify the Pennsylvania Treasury Department’s current process requiring each Commonwealth, legislative or judicial agency to provide a summary of each contract valued at $10,000 or more be submitted for public display. The bill also gives the Treasury the ability to not disperse any funds for a contract which has not been submitted to the public Contracts e-Library database.
“If state agencies aren’t willing to say publicly how it is spending taxpayers’ money, we must have a mechanism to require them to do so,” Grove said. “This bill provides it and will further hold government accountable.”
House Bill 2485 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Representative Seth Grove
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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