House knocks off early without debating pensions

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 10, 2014 4:51 PM

(Harrisburg) -- The state House of Representatives scrapped plans, at least for now, to open a floor debate on pension legislation and went home early.

Members of the Republican majority met privately on the topic for hours Tuesday afternoon, but a spokesman says a complicated proposal to create a "hybrid'' pension system for future school and state employees generated many questions that could not be quickly answered.

The spokesman, Steve Miskin, says he is unsure whether the House will take up that proposal when lawmakers reconvene Wednesday.

Gov. Tom Corbett says he won't consider a tax increase to help fill a growing budget gap unless the Legislature agrees to a pension overhaul that would yield significant savings.

The new fiscal year begins July 1.

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