State senators call on Wolf to sign pension-reform bill

With the General Assembly having sent Senate Bill 1 to Gov. Wolf’s desk, Senate Republicans spoke out on Tuesday, urging him to sign the measure to bring much-needed fiscal relief to the state’s ailing pension system. The bill would extensively revise pension provisions for the public school and state employees' retirement systems -- including membership, contributions, benefits, health insurance and military pensions. Read More »

State Senate leaders slam Wolf's liquor-sale privatization bill veto

After Gov. Wolf’s veto of the liquor-privatization bill, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Dist. 25) and Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Dist. 34) issued the following statement late last week. “We are disappointed that Governor Wolf would choose the status quo and side with powerful special interests over Pennsylvania consumers," the duo said. Read More »

Business group praises state Senate for passing pension-reform bill

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) praised the Pennsylvania General Assembly last week for passing Senate Bill 1 to reform the state's pension system. "Pennsylvania's public-pension deficit is the single-greatest financial threat facing the commonwealth, school districts and ultimately taxpayers, including small-business owners," NFIB/Pennsylvania Legislative Director Neal Lesher said in a statement. Read More »