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