I am proud of my 27-year record of public service, including my 17 years of service as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. I have never had even a hint of impropriety in my management of the commonwealth's $25 billion budget because I fundamentally understand that I am but a temporary steward, and that the people have placed a great deal of trust in me to ensure that their money is invested wisely. I will continue these same high standards and maintain the highest of expectations for myself and those who choose to serve the people with me in my administration.
Specifically, I have endorsed the Committee of Seventy's 27-point agenda for ethics reform in Philadelphia. This thoughtful and well-crafted agenda includes common-sense reforms such as making hiring, contracting and appointing decisions based on merit, not on political connections. Once these reforms are implemented under my mayoral administration, I am confident they will usher in a new era of transparency, accountability, and confidence in our government that all Philadelphians can be proud of.