Municipal pension reform bill Floor vote will likely be held off

Municipal pension reform bill Floor vote will likely be held off

While House Bill 316—a bill to substantially reform Pennsylvania’s more than 1,400 municipal pension plans—was moved out of the House State Government Committee Tuesday morning, its consideration on the House Floor will likely be held off until state public pension reform legislation is dealt with by the legislature.

House Bill 316 would require all municipalities to move newly-hired police and firefighters into a cash balance pension system.

“There are no immediate plans [to run the bill] at this particular moment,” said Steve Miskin spokesperson for the House Speaker and Majority Leader. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Turzai, Christiana discuss latest impact fee distributions

VIDEO: Turzai, Christiana discuss latest impact fee distributions

Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) discussed the latest impact fee distributions across Pennsylvania, as well as protecting Marcellus Shale-related jobs at a press conference held in the Capitol. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Wolf highlights topics of latest budget meeting

VIDEO: Wolf highlights topics of latest budget meeting

Gov. Wolf answers questions after today's meeting with Republican leadership on budget negotiations. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Senate Education Committee discusses bill to delay Keystone Exams as graduation requirement

VIDEO: Senate Education Committee discusses bill to delay Keystone Exams as graduation requirement

During today's Senate Education Committee meeting, Chairmen Smucker and Dinniman discuss SB 880- delaying the implementation of the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement until the 2018-2019 school year. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Turzai on budget talks: “There’s a wide gulf on many issues”

Turzai on budget talks: “There’s a wide gulf on many issues”

Following Tuesday morning’s meeting between legislative Republican leadership and Gov. Tom Wolf, House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) told The PLS Reporter “there’s a wide gulf on many issues.”

“We’re continuing to meet, there’s a lot of issues to cover, a lot of work to do,” he said exiting the meeting.

Also leaving the meeting was House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) who struck just a slightly more optimistic tone about resolving outstanding issues including pension reform and liquor privatization.

However, he said one sticking point continues to be the exact amount of the deficit that needs to be tackled in the FY 2015-2016 budget, until that can be determined, Rep. Reed said those issues will have to wait.

“We need to figure out what is a structural deficit [and] that folks are actually agreeing on what the numbers are,” he said. “There still is a significant difference between the House and the Senate, where the IFO and where the Budget Secretary is on what an actual budget deficit is.” 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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