Pa. Supreme Court rules so-called "spot assessments" unconstitutional

Pa. Supreme Court rules so-called "spot assessments" unconstitutional

In a majority decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling this week that could limit school districts' ability to “spot assess” certain properties in their counties.

In the case, Valley Forge Towers Apartments v. Upper Merion School, the owners of four apartment complexes argued that the Upper Merion School District contracted with a consulting firm to identify and recommend property assessments within Montgomery County to be appealed.
Friday, July 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
Senate Bill 1 clears House, heads to governor

Senate Bill 1 clears House, heads to governor

It was a year ago this week that Gov. Tom Wolf signed major alcohol sales reform legislation, and this week the legislature sent him the largest public pension reform legislation Pennsylvania has seen in decades.

 

After years of work, debate, and emotion, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives put the final votes to Senate Bill 1, passing the measure by a vote of 143-52 Thursday morning.

Thursday, June 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pension reform remains in fall legislative mix

Pension reform remains in fall legislative mix

One of the heavy lifts remaining to be accomplished by the legislature when they return to session next week is finally passing pension reform legislation.

 

As Capitol observers left things with pension reform in June before legislative attention turned solely to passing a FY 2016-2017 spending plan and supporting revenue, the Senate voted to non-concur in House amendments to Senate Bill 1071, finding disagreeable the so-called “stacked hybrid” approach to pension reform.

Friday, September 16, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
House pension reform proposal could soon be on the move

House pension reform proposal could soon be on the move

House Bill 727, legislation that would overhaul Pennsylvania’s public pension systems, could soon be on the move, sources tell The PLS Reporter.

Currently, the bill is on hold while the chamber awaits action by the Public Employee Retirement Commission to attach a note to a significant amendment by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) that would alter the bill to provide for its key final components.

Monday, May 2, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Other pension plan sponsors support compromise Senate Bill 1 proposal

Other pension plan sponsors support compromise Senate Bill 1 proposal

While the House is considering a compromise pension reform plan embodied in Senate Bill 1, House sponsors of some of the other pension plans that have received a lot of House attention are in support of the plan though it is not their own.

“I think it’s a good bill,” said Rep. Warren Kampf (R-Chester) whose House Bill 727 was voted out of the House State Government Committee earlier this session and has awaited Floor action since.

“The main feature—from my perspective—is that we’re going to have a defined contribution plan, a 401(k)-like plan for future hires,” he added, also noting he feels the changes to current employee benefits remaining in the legislation are “reasonable.”

Saturday, June 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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