Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 39: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

After we do an overview of the week's news, Pittsburgh Bureau Chief Alanna Koll sits down for an interview with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto for the feature of the podcast. Mayor Peduto talks about his start in office, the need for state action on municipal pension reform, his vision for Pittsburgh, and what his love of hockey and music.

Friday, March 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
Municipal pension reform likely on hold until next session

Municipal pension reform likely on hold until next session

Despite getting a legislative vehicle well along in the process, it looks like municipal pension will not have the support it needs in its current form to get across the finish line this fall, putting the reform effort off until the next legislative session in January.

 

The current vehicle legislation—House Bill 414—currently sits in the Senate Finance Committee where stakeholders have been trying to work with members from both sides of the aisle to get a compromise reform measure through the General Assembly since last November when the committee amended a comprehensive municipal reform measure into the bill.

Thursday, September 15, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: News and Views
Auditor General bangs the drum on municipal pension reform

Auditor General bangs the drum on municipal pension reform

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale once again spoke on the need for municipal pension reform at a Capitol news conference Tuesday, pointing out the problem is likely worse than the $7.7 billion unfunded liability identified in his latest municipal pension report.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Municipal pension reform work continues amid budget stalemate

Municipal pension reform work continues amid budget stalemate

Legislators sponsoring bills to reform municipal pensions are continuing their work to get to compromise legislation while others are focused on resolving the Commonwealth’s budget stalemate, which is now a month old.

While Senate Bill 755 and House Bill 316 moved out of their respective standing oversight committees earlier this summer, the bills received little attention neither in the immediate run-up and aftermath of the June 30th budget deadline nor in the subsequent session days in July.

According to Rep. Keith Grenier (R-Lancaster) and Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair)—sponsors of the aforementioned legislation—the two have been meeting to prepare amendments to the legislation they’ve offered that are largely in line with a task force report on the issue delivered by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to Gov. Tom Wolf earlier this year.

“There’s still quite a bit of action behind the scenes with this [and] we’ve actually been sitting down with some of the key parties,” said Rep. Greiner. “I think the key, kind of what we’re really looking at and focusing at, is Auditor General DePasquale’s task force report on municipal pensions.”

Tuesday, July 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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