Bill aimed at ensuring subcontractors are paid promptly vetted in hearing

Bill aimed at ensuring subcontractors are paid promptly vetted in hearing

A bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) to strengthen the rights of subcontractors over their prime contractors and owners was the subject of a two-hour hearing in front of the House Commerce Committee Tuesday.

According to Rep. Tobash, the bill—House Bill 726—will ensure subcontractors are protected against unscrupulous contractors and owners.

“We’ve got some elements of the law right now that are setting the playing field to really allow misconduct by unscrupulous general contractors and, maybe in some cases, owners,” he told The PLS Reporter.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Fixing pensions: varied opinions with common threads

Fixing pensions: varied opinions with common threads

A House hearing Tuesday brought together experts from academia, actuarial firms, public sector employee unions, and pension management firms to discuss what needs to be done to fix the Commonwealth’s looming—if not present—pension problem.

While all the different testifiers brought their unique perspectives to the issue—especially as to whether a change in pension benefit plan design is needed—one common thread was found among all who spoke on the issue: the Commonwealth’s unfunded pension liability will not disappear without more money being thrown at the problem.

“A plan design change is not enough to deal with the unfunded liability,” said House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), whose committee convened Tuesday’s hearing.

“We have to bite the bullet and deal with the current underfunding. There’s no easy answer,” he told The PLS Reporter

Tuesday, March 24, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Pension reform’s last gasp?

Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill), the main author of the oft-discussed hybrid pension reform plan, told The PLS Reporter Monday that he hopes ongoing discussions this week will lead to a vote on his pension reform plan by the end of session.

Monday, October 6, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Kampf, Tobash discuss changes to hybrid pension plan

VIDEO: Kampf, Tobash discuss changes to hybrid pension plan

Representatives Warren Kampf (R-Chester) and Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) visited the Capitol press room to discuss an omnibus amendment to HB 1353, a hybrid pension plan sponsored by Rep. Kampf. 

Monday, June 30, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Video
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