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Senate Pension Reform: Sustainable for Taxpayers, Fair to Public Employees

MAY 13, 2015 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Governor Wolf cannot ignore Pennsylvania’s pension crisis any longer. Today, the state Senate passed legislation to convert a broken retirement system into one that is sustainable for taxpayers and fair to public employees. The pension bill heads to the House, putting the critical fiscal issue front and center for the state budget which is due before July 1st.

Senate Tackles Growing Crisis, Advances Responsible Pension Reform

MAY 11, 2015 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Today, the Senate Finance Committee tackled the biggest cost driver in Pennsylvania’s budget: public sector pensions. The committee passed Senate Bill 1, kicking off a renewed push for an affordable and predictable defined-contribution retirement plan for all new state and school district employees—including lawmakers themselves.

State Senate Passes Financial Transparency Bills


Transparency, openness, and the public’s right to know are critical to holding politicians accountable. But contract negotiations between public-sector unions and state and local government officials worth billions of dollars are closed to public scrutiny. Today, the state Senate took a historic step by passing two financial transparency bills designed to let taxpayers in on those secret negotiations to see how big of a bill they’ll be paying for government services.

Study: 30,000 Jobs That Won't Pay Under Wolf's Budget


In April, Gov. Wolf crisscrossed the state on a “Jobs that Pay” tour saying his record-setting tax-and-spend budget proposal will boost economic growth. Today, a new, nonpartisan study says even more harm could be done to middle class families: 30,000 jobs will not be created next year if Wolf’s plan is passed.

Bills Shining Light on Secret Contract Talks Advance in Senate

APRIL 22, 2015 | News Availability by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

Today, the Senate State Government Committee passed a collection of bills aimed at enhancing transparency in government union contract negotiations.

CF In The News

Charter school plea raises question

MAY 19, 2015 | CF In The News

134 Billion Reasons to Embrace Debt Reform

MAY 15, 2015 | CF In The News

It's time state got out of retail liquor business

MAY 15, 2015 | CF In The News

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Union Contract Agreements Bolster Case for Collective Bargaining Transparency

May 20

The Wolf Administration finalized contracts with two government unions yesterday, perfectly encapsulating the failings of the current collective bargaining process. In a terse press release, the Wolf Administration announced contract agreements with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal ...