Rep. Grell says his pension reform plan to be better positioned following PERC action

With the House scheduled to come back to Harrisburg next week, one pension reform concept is regaining some momentum.

Wednesday, the Public Employee Retirement Commission (PERC) is scheduled to consider Rep. Glen Grell’s (R-Cumberland) cash-balance pension reform plan, which he has filed as an amendment to House Bill 1353, the main pension reform plan being considered by the House.

Rep. Grell hopes that the PERC analysis will help his amendment win over more supporters and knows that at a minimum, completing the crucial analytical process puts the bill in position to move.

Monday, July 28, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Basic education funding commission to focus on fairness and restoring trust

The Basic Education Funding Commission established under Act 51 of 2014 held its first meeting Thursday with an eye toward focusing its work on establishing a fair and trustworthy basic education funding formula.

Commission Co-Chairman Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) stated the work of the commission will be of “tremendous importance to the overall work of state government.” 


Thursday, July 24, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

GUEST COLUMN from Tim Potts

An out-of-the-box solution to Pennsylvania’s $50 billion retirement system debt

In his first guest column for The PLS Reporter, Tim Potts takes a look at Pennsylvania's public pension issues and proposes using a financial transaction tax as a solution.


Thursday, July 24, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: Features

Thirteen percent of eligible criminal cases lack fingerprints, hearing reveals

A hearing of the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday revealed that, as of 2013, 13 percent of all criminal cases in Pennsylvania where fingerprints are required to be collected by law are missing fingerprint recordation.

“This is the law,” said Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin). “So we have the courts and police…really not following through with the law.”


Wednesday, July 23, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
A Look Back with Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster)

A Look Back with Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster)

Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster) is retiring at the end of the 2014 legislative sessions after serving two terms in the Pennsylvania Senate. The PLS Reporter talked with Sen. Brubaker about his upcoming retirement, what he enjoyed about his time in the General Assembly, and what he'll miss most.

CLICK HERE to view the video.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: VideoA Look Back