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Tuesday, June 6, 2017 10:11 AM

Most rookie teachers and newly minted Pennsylvania government employees would see a smaller retirement benefit in the coming decades through the state's two big debt-plagued pension systems, under legislation that passed the Senate on Monday and has the backing of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.  The Republican-controlled Senate's 40-9 vote could be followed by swift House action this week to send the just-unveiled bill to Wolf's desk.  The bill is the product of months of closed-door negotiations and more than four years of Senate Republicans pushing to end or reduce the traditional pension benefit for future state government and public school employees in favor of a 401(k)-style benefit. If it becomes law, it would be the second pension benefits reduction of future employees in eight years, both spurred by a debt tied to the pension benefits of current and retired public employees.  The bill, unveiled Sunday, would create a less expensive and less generous pension benefits structure in the future, while also shifting some risk of investment losses off taxpayers and onto the public employees of tomorrow.

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Source: WESA By MARC LEVY, ASSOCIATED PRESS, 1 HOUR AGO June 5, 2017.

 
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 9:58 AM

The state Senate on Monday passed a pension reform bill that would give most future state and school employees three choices for retirement savings, none of them would be exclusively the guaranteed pension plan current employees have.   By a vote of 40-9, the Senate approved the bill that was a product of closed-door negotiations involving the House and Senate Republicans and Democrats and Gov. Tom Wolf's administration.   "This is the medicine that will move us forward in a way that future Legislatures will be proud of," said Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre County, during a near hourlong floor discussion of the bill.  Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne, R-Lehigh County, said the plan ensures workers will have retirement income that is over 95 percent of their take-home pay when they were working once Social Security income is included.

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Source: Penn Live BY JAN MURPHY   jmurphy@pennlive.com Updated on June 5, 2017 at 4:58 PM Posted on June 5, 2017 at 1:50 PM.

 
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 8:49 AM

School leaders are speaking out against a bill that could limit a school district’s ability to challenge a property assessment and, they say, could cost districts millions in revenue.
Allentown Morning Call, June 5, 2017
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017 8:48 AM

House Bill 1403 and its companion legislation, Senate Bill 709, would end practices that embarrass a child when their family is behind on lunch payments. 
ABC Channel 27, June 5, 2017
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017 8:47 AM

The state Senate voted 40-9 Monday to reform Pennsylvania’s public pension systems by creating hybrid pension plans for new government workers.
Sharon Herald, June 6, 2017
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Monday, June 5, 2017 1:16 PM

Friday, June 2nd was the one year anniversary of the basic education funding formula being signed into law! Thank you @GovernorTomWolf & PA legislature for enacting #FairFundingPA formula a year ago! 1st step to all kids having resources they need. Let’s keep up the fight for significant annual $$$ increases through the formula.

 
Monday, June 5, 2017 12:25 PM

Please Join AFSA, NAESP and NASSP for a National Day of Action on June 14, 2017!

Join the national principals organizations for a coordinated national Day of Action to advocate for the policies that could significantly impact school leaders, principals, and the students they serve.

Click Here for 3 Simple Ways to Participate in Advocacy on June 14.

Click Here for the Letter Sent to the US Senate Appropriations Committee.

Thank you for your continued advocacy in support of Title II, Part A funding under ESSA!

 
Monday, June 5, 2017 9:42 AM

During a rare Sunday evening session of the state Senate, a pension bill that doesn’t appear to save any money for or shift much risk from taxpayers was positioned for a final Senate vote on Monday.
Capitolwire, June 4, 2017
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Monday, June 5, 2017 8:20 AM

William Penn Schools Superintendent Jane Harbert says she lies awake at night grappling with a teacher’s complaint that the duct tape binding classroom books is failing. Rose Tree Media Superintendent James Wigo says the only time state legislators will care is when wealthier districts reach that point.
Delaware County News Times, June 1, 2017
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Monday, June 5, 2017 8:19 AM

The state Senate Appropriations Committee has scheduled a meeting for Sunday evening to amend in proposed language of a long-sought reform to the state's major public employee pension plans.
PennLive.com, June 1, 2017
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