Lawmakers reboot municipal pension reform effort

Lawmakers reboot municipal pension reform effort

A renewed bipartisan effort to reform Pennsylvania’s beleaguered and fractured system of municipal pensions got underway Monday with an overview hearing held by the House and Senate Local Government committees.

Monday, January 22, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County officials present plan to allow municipalities to disincorporate

Allegheny County officials present plan to allow municipalities to disincorporate

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, joined by his two predecessors Jim Roddey and Dan Onorato, introduced a report Thursday that they said would be the first step toward passing a state law to allow municipalities to disincorporate and rely on the county for government services. 

With 130 municipalities, more than any other county in the state, officials at the press conference said the proposed measure--a recommendation by the report Voluntary Municipal Disincorporation: Creative Solutions for Counties of the Second Class by the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics--would allow smaller municipalities who struggle to support local services such as police or trash collection, or even elect local officials, to become “an entity of the county.” 

Thursday, May 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Legislation gives Commonwealth a greater role in promoting local government efficiencies

A bill introduced with bipartisan support that would give the Commonwealth a greater role in promoting local government efficiencies cleared the House Urban Affairs Committee Tuesday.

House Bill 11 has been introduced by Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) and Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) and will allow the Commonwealth to instruct local governments on the use of lean management practices to find efficiencies and innovations similar to that currently being sought by Gov. Tom Wolf’s GO-TIME initiative.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Municipal police regionalization is supported, but not without incentives

Following the release of a report last week by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee on municipal police regionalization, those involved in the legislature and municipal government say there is support for increased regionalization, but not without significant incentives.

Currently, all Pennsylvania municipalities are allowed to have local police departments, but only Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Scranton are required to provide police services.

The number of municipalities providing their own full-time police services has decreased in recent years.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Call For Systemic Municipal Reform Permeates Hearing on Act 47 Bill

Call For Systemic Municipal Reform Permeates Hearing on Act 47 Bill

The Senate Local Government Committee held a hearing Thursday on legislation reforming Act 47, which provides assistance to Pennsylvania municipalities who are fiscally distressed.

The focus of the hearing was on Sen. John Eichelberger’s (R-Blair) Senate Bill 1157, the unamended version of Rep. Chris Ross’s (R-Chester) House Bill 1773, the latter of which is poised for final consideration in the House when that chamber returns to voting session after the Easter break. 

According to Michael Gasbarre, Executive Director of the Local Government Commission, the entity whose concepts are articulated in the legislation, the bill the legislation would—among other things—provide a five year time limit for cities to exit distressed status under Act 47, would enhance the early intervention program, allows for new taxes and mandate relief for distressed cities, and provides for municipal disincorporation if (in extreme cases) the municipality cannot exit distressed status.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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