Commission Signs Off on Actuarial Analysis of “Rescue Effort” Pension Reform Plan, Skepticism Abounds

Commission Signs Off on Actuarial Analysis of “Rescue Effort” Pension Reform Plan, Skepticism Abounds

After an hour-long executive session and an hour long public meeting, the Public Employee Retirement Commission (PERC) unanimously approved an actuarial note to the hybrid pension plan offered by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill).

Rep. Tobash called the plan a “rescue effort” in terms of pension reform and a first step in broader changes designed to attack an estimated $40 billion-plus unfunded liability.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 5.28.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 5.28.14

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

  • The advocacy group “Lucha Pro Licencias” held a press conference in the Main Capitol Rotunda to fight for driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants. A group of undocumented Pennsylvanians lined the Rotunda steps to give their testimony about how a driver’s license would provide greater opportunity for work and support for their families. They were joined by Rep. Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia) and Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) to support HB 1648, which would allow those individuals to apply for a driver’s license with their taxpayer identification number instead of a Social Security Number.  

  • Education, labor, and human services groups gathered together in the Main Capitol Rotunda to call upon Gov. Corbett and the General Assembly to take a more balanced approach to the state’s budget. The groups urged lawmakers to adopt a severance tax on natural gas drilling to generate new revenue instead of making funding cuts to education, health care, and other critical services. 

 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Work on Property Tax Reform Bill Continues in Senate with June Committee Vote Anticipated

Following the April 30 Senate Finance Committee hearing on a comprehensive amendment to Senate Bill 76, the Property Tax Elimination Act, we reported work on the part of the bill’s sponsors remains to answer a number of questions raised during the hearing.

Today, The PLS Reporter spoke to sources on where the issue stands before the General Assembly returns to session in June.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 5.27.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 5.27.14

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

  • Rock the Capital and the Pennsylvania Accountability Project, along with other groups, held a press conference in the Capitol Main Rotunda calling on the General Assembly and Gov. Tom Corbett to enact legislation banning all gifts and gratuities for all branches of state government. 
Tuesday, May 27, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 5.22.14

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

  • The Emergency Health Services Federation (FHSF) held a press conference today in the Main Capitol Rotunda to honor the achievement of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers with 25 years of service. 
  • The Pennsylvania Blueprint Communities revitalization initiative inducted six new community teams in the Main Capitol Rotunda. During the ceremony, newly assembled teams of civic leaders heard program organizers explain how they will be able to develop strong local leadership, engage local residents and businesses, and attract investments to build healthier, sustainable communities. 
Thursday, May 22, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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