Pension reform commission prepares final report, will vote on approval next week

Pension reform commission prepares final report, will vote on approval next week

Ahead of a vote to accept or reject their final report next week, the state’s pension review commission, set up by the 2017 retirement restructuring, had its penultimate meeting Wednesday.

The commission is co-chaired by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill), who said afterwards that the report “clearly states we can be better,” whether in simplifying the investment process, using standardized reporting tools for easier comparisons with other retirement systems or by increasing transparency.

“I think everyone is on board. There are no losers in this discussion,” Tobash said.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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With conviction, Brown resigns House seat "under protest"

With conviction, Brown resigns House seat "under protest"

Vanessa Lowery Brown has resigned from her House seat per a letter sent to Speaker Mike Turzai.

In the letter, Brown, who represented Philadelphia as a Democrat, wrote that the conviction caused her "incalculable harm and reputation damage" while violating her right to equal protection under the law.

"Emboldened by the civil rights giants who have gone before me and with the love and support of my family and friends, I live to fight another day against injustice and racism," Brown wrote.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Case hoping to overhaul state school funding stystem set for trial in 2020

Case hoping to overhaul state school funding stystem set for trial in 2020

A lawsuit that could overturn Pennsylvania’s school funding is tentatively scheduled to go to trial in summer 2020.

The suit, filed by six Pennsylvania families, six school districts, the NAACP and the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools claims that the commonwealth’s current school funding system violates a state constitutional guarantee to an education.

Friday, December 7, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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In photos: The annual Capitol Christmas tree lighting

In photos: The annual Capitol Christmas tree lighting

Decked out with more than 900 lights and 400-plus hand-crafted ornaments, Gov. Tom Wolf lit the annual Capitol Christmas tree Thursday.
Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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IFO predicts nearly $2 billion budget hole for next year, complicating budget picture

IFO predicts nearly $2 billion budget hole for next year, complicating budget picture

The Independent Fiscal Office latest numbers project a $1.7 billion deficit, a report that new Democratic fiscal chief Rep. Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery) would have preferred not to have seen.

“I only read good news,” he joked.

But the Minority Appropriations Committee Chair will likely be hearing a lot about that total over the next few months, as the General Assembly turns the page from the smooth election year budgeting of this year to 2019.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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