Proposals would split retirement commission’s functions between IFO, Office of Auditor General

Proposals would split retirement commission’s functions between IFO, Office of Auditor General

Two identical proposals—one offered in the Senate and one offered in the House—would take the functions of the Public Employee Retirement Commission, the independent legislative agency tasked with reviewing pension legislation and determining state aid for municipal pension plans, and split them between the Independent Fiscal Office and Office of Auditor General.

The Senate Finance Committee Tuesday afternoon unanimously moved along the Senate version of the legislation, Senate Bill 1227, sponsored jointly by Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna) and Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh).

Tuesday, May 10, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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With PERC restored, legislators to drop lawsuit to force funding

With PERC restored, legislators to drop lawsuit to force funding

The budget that became law last month without Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature included a provision that funded the Public Employee Retirement Commission, the independent legislative agency required to review legislation changing state pensions and provide oversight for municipal pension plan compliance.

A letter sent by Gov. Wolf’s chief-of-staff Mary Isenhour and Budget Secretary Randy Albright to the commission Monday acknowledged the budget does allow PERC to resume its statutory functions.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Retirement commission muddles through despite legal sword of Damocles

Retirement commission muddles through despite legal sword of Damocles

The Public Employee Retirement Commission—the embattled panel responsible for municipal pension administration and reviewing proposed changes to state pension laws—held its first public meeting Thursday, despite attempts by Gov. Tom Wolf to defund its operations and spread its work throughout state government.

Thursday, March 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PERC temporarily restored through bipartisan agreement

PERC temporarily restored through bipartisan agreement

The Public Employee Retirement Commission—a recent source of contention between Republicans and the Wolf administration after the latter disbanded the commission and scattered its functions throughout state government—is temporarily restored to full function Thursday in a bipartisan agreement.

The bipartisan agreement reached between the Wolf administration, Office of Attorney General, and petitioners Representatives Seth Grove (R-York) and Steve Bloom (R-Cumberland) only restores PERC and its functions until an en banc panel of the Commonwealth Court rules on whether the Wolf administration exceeded its authority in eliminating the commission.

Thursday, March 3, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Auditor General offers to take over PERC’s municipal pension-related functions

Auditor General offers to take over PERC’s municipal pension-related functions

In a response to an open letter from Public Employee Retirement Commission executive director James McAneny Thursday, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said his department would willing to take over PERC’s municipal pension-related functions should the commission no longer be able to operate.

Since the December 2015 line-item veto of a Republican-crafted budget proposal, PERC has been without an operating budget and the commission was notified this week that its functions would be terminated and its employees would lose their jobs with the commission.

Thursday, February 4, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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