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Pa. Governor: Stop Using Taxpayer Money for Sexual Harassment Payouts

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (Matt Rourke/AP)

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 12:07 PM

The governor of Pennsylvania has called for a ban on the use of taxpayer money to pay for the alleged sexual misbehavior of Keystone State politicians.

"I've put into place reforms that we make sure that we don't do that anymore . . . that the state doesn't pay taxpayer money for settlements," Gov. Tom Wolf said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Wolf's vow comes after news reports that the state House shelled out a total of $248,000 in public funding to settle a complaint against state Rep. Thomas Caltagirone.

The Philadelphia Inquirer and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that in 2015, the amount was paid to a "longtime" female employee in Caltagirone's district office after she claimed she had been the victim of verbal and physical harassment over several years.

Caltagirone, 75, has denied the harassment claims — saying his lawyers encouraged a settlement to avoid an expensive court battle — and has resisted calls for his resignation.

The governor's office said Wolf had been unaware of payment until the news reports.

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