OF PENSIONS AND PLANS

It’s a rule as old as budgets themselves: Tough fiscal situations mean tough spending decisions. This year is no different. With the Commonwealth and school districts entering another tough budget year, debate over public pensions and how they relate to General Fund obligations has once again garnered center stage.

As announced in his 2014-2015 budget address, Gov. Tom Corbett has assumed coming fiscal year pension savings of $170 million for the state and $131 million for school districts in balancing his proposed budget.

To date, no pension reform legislation has been introduced following the governor’s budget address. Here’s a look at the most talked about pension reform concepts and where the debate might take any possible legislation as the June 30 budget deadline approaches.

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Friday, March 28, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: Features

ISSUE PREVIEW: DRUG COURTS AND THE HEROIN CRISIS

Over the course of the past year, the House Judiciary Committee held hearings across Pennsylvania learning about how the heroin epidemic facing Pennsylvania communities can and should be addressed.

On Monday, the fourth such hearing will be held by the committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Corrections and will give the members the opportunity learn about drug courts, see the impact the courts have made, and to determine their effectiveness.

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Friday, March 28, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views

ISSUE PREVIEW: HOUSE HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING ON OLMSTEAD DECISION

The Olmstead decision rendered by the US Supreme Court in 1999, which found holding an individual with disabilities in an institution without justification to be violative of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), presented a variety of implications for patients and care providers in Pennsylvania. On Monday, the House Human Services committee will hold a public hearing on the Olmstead ruling and its impact on care for the intellectually disabled in the commonwealth.

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Friday, March 28, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views

PLS FIGHTS HUNGER: SECOND ANNUAL CAPITOL ALL-STARS GAME ANNOUNCED

We laughed, we cried (mostly from laughing…some from falling), we raised a lot of money to fight hunger, and we’re ready to do it again.

For the second year in a row, legislators from both chambers and both sides of the aisle will come together for the Capitol All-Stars Softball Game to fight hunger. This year’s game will be Tuesday, September 24, 2014. The game will once again be held at Metro Bank Park on City Island in Harrisburg.

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Friday, March 28, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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