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The Pa. email scandal: It grows & grows |

The Pa. email scandal: It grows & grows

The email scandal centered on the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office is worsening.

AG Kathleen Kane has parted ways with at least six employees who violated office policy by trading sexually explicit messages during her tenure — despite being warned to knock it off six months ago. At least some were allowed to take early retirement instead of being fired outright.

That extends the scope of the scandal beyond staff misconduct during the tenures of Tom Corbett and successor Linda Kelly — which also involved six former state officials whose roles cost them their jobs — to similar misconduct under Ms. Kane.

But Kane’s response should have consisted solely of firings. And state employees who so egregiously violate the public trust should not retain the pensions and perks of retirement. That some apparently are is outrageous.

So are supposed provisions of union contracts that Kane claims prevent public disclosure of some staffers’ identities and their discipline. If true, it’s one more reason to rein in the excessive power of public-employee unions.

Kane’s failure to curb misuse of state computers on her watch, lack of transparency and apparent coddling of some problem staffers make this email scandal even more worrisome than it already was.

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