Pension system recommendations await a House vote

Pension system recommendations await a House vote

Pennsylvania’s legislature could soon act on a series of bills designed to save the state billions of dollars in pension costs over the next few decades.

 

The legislative package spearheaded by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) is the result of a comprehensive review of the state’s two pension systems, which found that with the right changes, the state could shore up its systems and save billions of dollars in the years to come. 

Monday, November 4, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Pension reform, broadband access and candidate background checks

Did You Get The Memo? Pension reform, broadband access and candidate background checks

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would establish act on recommendations to reform the state pension system, provide more opportunities for municipal broadband deployment and require background checks for political candidates.

Friday, October 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
With the budget done, lawmakers look to the fall for key policy objectives

With the budget done, lawmakers look to the fall for key policy objectives

Speaking on the floor of the House last week, House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) urged colleagues to push legislation across the finish line to advance an agreed-upon budget between Republican leadership and Gov. Tom Wolf.

 

The budget passed both chambers on time, but even with an agreed-upon spending plan, Republicans and Democrats still have a wish list of policy goals that they hope to address in September when the General Assembly reconvenes.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers roll out bipartisan career and technical education initiative

Lawmakers roll out bipartisan career and technical education initiative

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are rolling out a bipartisan package of workforce development bills that aim to improve access, awareness and enrollment in career and technical education (CTE) across the state.

Known as #GoodJobs4PA, the initiative looks to provide resources to both students and career and technical centers in an effort to better prepare Pennsylvanians for workforce needs. The package, made up of bills sponsored by an array of Democratic and Republican lawmakers, would increase resources available to students, while also encouraging investment in career and technical centers. 
Thursday, February 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Final pension commission report aims for three times the required savings with centralized investment office, transparency

Final pension commission report aims for three times the required savings with centralized investment office, transparency

Taking 18,000 pages of notes over seven months of work, the state’s public pension review commission issued seven suggestions Thursday, that they hope could save Pennsylvania as much as $10 billion over the next 30 years.

The commission, led by chair Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) and vice-chair State Treasurer Joe Torsella, was mandated by the 2017 pension bill.

Among its suggestions were a central investment office for the state’s two pension systems, consistently full pension contributions from the state and added transparency measures from the State Employee Retirement System and the Public School Employees Retirement System.
Thursday, December 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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