State House duo call for more bipartisan support for pension reform

Two state Republican House leaders praised Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, both Democrats, last week for prioritizing the need for municipal pension reform, calling for mutual support across both parties.

Reps. Seth Grove (R-Dist. 196) and Keith Greiner (R-Dist. 43) are co-authors of HB 316, which is designed to provide pension security to full-time civic personnel, and the duo  addressed their comments to industry leaders to underscore the need for reform.

DePasquale said at a recent meeting of the York Economic Alliance that the City of Scranton could go bankrupt by 2017, while Peduto said Pittsburgh is struggling under ballooning pension costs, with the  latest city audit revealing only marginal improvement.

“These stories are not unique,” Greiner said. “Communities all over the Commonwealth are struggling with the weight of municipal pensions. I applaud the efforts of Mayor Peduto, along with the advocacy of mayors from places such as York, Lancaster and Erie… As this crisis continues to deepen across the state, the time is now for a bipartisan reform effort.”

“Municipal pension reform is an issue which should cross party lines,” Grove said. “Even though the auditor general and Mayor Peduto are both prominent Democrats, and I thank them for speaking on this issue, there has been little bipartisan work here in Harrisburg to address the municipal pension crisis.”

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