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Wolf administration takes shot at Senate GOP pension bill

Written by The Associated Press | May 18, 2015 3:46 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf's chief of staff is accusing Senate Republicans of advancing pension legislation that would allow lawmakers to escape concessions it would force on rank-and-file employees.

Katie McGinty, speaking at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon, called it a huge payout to lawmakers.

A Senate Republican spokeswoman says McGinty is using a selective, salary-based argument, and that lawmakers would get the same benefit as other new state government or public school employees.

The fast-track bill passed last Wednesday, without a hearing. Every Democratic senator opposed it. It's scheduled for a June 4 House committee hearing.

The bill would end the traditional pension benefit for future employees and replace it with a 401(k) and a cash balance plan. Democrats say the concession it seeks from many current employees is unconstitutional.

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