Could Senate pension reform bill have contract impairment issues?

Could Senate pension reform bill have contract impairment issues?

Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre) was the featured speaker at March’s Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon and the centerpiece of his remarks fell on pension reform.

“It’s the issue, there is no other issue to discuss until we do public pensions,” he said. “We need to resolve that first so we can move forward.”

He even noted the budget’s passage will have to wait until pension reform is complete, even if that means waiting until the Fall which the governor has indicated he would open to working on pension reform.

“If that’s what he means, that’s what it means,” Sen. Corman said. 

Monday, March 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Capitol Quick Hits for 3.23.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 3.23.15

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

  • A group of church leaders met in the Capitol Main Rotunda this morning to “Fast for Families,” a call to action of the legislature to fairly fund Pennsylvania’s public schools.
  • Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a conference call today to discuss an announcement he made in York regarding the findings of his latest municipal pension audit. He stated the community is heading in the wrong direction despite a booming stock market.
  • The Coalition for Sustainable Communities (CSC) held a conference call this afternoon to discuss Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s York Pension Audit and municipal pension reform. York City Mayor Kim Bracey said she was not surprised by the audit’s findings which showed that the funding ratios for the distressed fire and police pension plans have continued to decline. 

Monday, March 23, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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In Reflection with Sen. Franklin Kury (D-Northumberland)

Magna Carta and America’s legislatures

Magna Carta is the most important document in the history of America’s state and federal legislatures. This document is the foundation that over the centuries following its signing evolved into the basic principles’ of our American constitutional system. Without Magna Carta, there might be no legislatures as we know them today.

Yet Magna Carta is largely unknown to most of us. An agreement reached by English barons and their King eight centuries ago, it is possibly the most underappreciated document in our political heritage.

This year is the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and an appropriate time to renew our appreciation of it.

Thursday, March 19, 2015/Author: Franklin Kury
Categories: Features
Senators consider future of the gaming industry

Senators consider future of the gaming industry

Internet gaming was just a few of the ideas brought up by senators Thursday as the chamber started the final day of its first week of budget hearings with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

This has not been the first time expanding gaming into an online market has been floated in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly.

Thursday, March 19, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Increased municipal law enforcement role concerning for State Police

Increased municipal law enforcement role concerning for State Police

A long running concern among those in law enforcement and municipal policing circles was reintroduced at Wednesday’s Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing with the Pennsylvania State Police when they were asked how they are suited to take on additional municipal policing duties for localities choosing to give up local law enforcement.

The Pennsylvania State Police acts as law enforcement of last resort for all of Pennsylvania.

“Twenty-five small agencies dissolved last year requiring the State Police to take on those responsibilities,” said Acting State Police Commissioner Col. Marcus Brown. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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