VIDEO: Kampf discusses pension reform proposal

VIDEO: Kampf discusses pension reform proposal

After today's House State Government Committee hearing on HB 727- legislation to reform Pennsylvania's two large public pension systems, The PLS Reporter caught up with the prime sponsor, Rep. Warren Kampf (R-Chester) to discuss the proposal. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 5.11.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 5.11.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • Members of the legislature’s Women’s Health Caucus today unveiled their “Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health,” – a package of legislation aimed at protecting women’s rights. The bills include establishing family-friendly working conditions, economic fairness, ensuring healthy lives, and protecting victims of domestic violence.
  • Cyclists, state officials, and representatives from five state agencies kicked Bike to Work Week today with an executive ride around Harrisburg. “We want to showcase that biking can be a healthy way to improve your lifestyle and in some cases can be a commuting option,” said Scott Christie, deputy secretary for Highway Administration in PennDOT.
  • Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) and Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montogomery) held a press conference to unveil their proposal to empower families to work their way off human services benefits. This proposal is in response to the findings by the House Majority Policy Committee’s Gateway’s Out of Poverty Initiative.
  • Hundreds of students filled the Capitol Rotunda this morning to rally in support for brick and mortar charter schools. Tim Eller, Executive Director of the Keystone Alliance for Public Charter Schools, emphasized that brick and mortar charter schools serve as a high quality alternative to traditional public schools. “Across the state 92,000 students are enrolled in 160 brick and mortar charter schools. Our parents are focused on their child’s education and they are fed up with a lack of access to a high quality education and they demand a public school that will meet their child’s needs and focus on their child’s academic success. “

Monday, May 11, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Four Wolf nominees confirmed

Four of Gov. Tom Wolf’s department head nominations were unanimously confirmed by the Senate Monday.

Making their way across the finish line were Secretary of Transportation Leslie Richards, Secretary of General Services Curtis Topper, Secretary of Economic and Community Development Dennis Davin, and Adjutant General James Josephs.

Monday, May 11, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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ACA health care exchange navigator regulation bill advances through House committee

ACA health care exchange navigator regulation bill advances through House committee

A bill aimed at regulating federal Affordable Care Act insurance exchange navigators cleared the House Finance Committee Monday on its way to final passage.

Senate Bill 293 by Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) would require that navigators undergo criminal background checks and be registered with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.

Monday, May 11, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate pension bill’s advance pits plan change vs. plan reform

Senate pension bill’s advance pits plan change vs. plan reform

Senate Bill 1 underwent its first vote Monday, moving out of the Senate Finance Committee along a party-line vote.

The prime sponsor of the bill, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre), said the legislation is needed to ease budgetary pressures and take risk away from taxpayers into the future by moving new employees to a defined contribution pension plan and away from the defined benefit plan.

The plan will also alter future benefits of current employees by either increasing their contribution amounts to maintain Act 9-levels or roll back the pension benefit to pre-Act 9 levels.

“By doing this, this will reduce the liability of the system significantly as well as provide new revenue for the system which is tremendously needed,” he said. “At the end of the day, what we are doing is achieving some immediate savings and also putting ourselves in a much more predictable system for the taxpayers in the out years by reducing the risk.”

Monday, May 11, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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