Gov. Tom Corbett is apparently making good on his promise to enlist voters to pressure the Legislature into passing a pension reform package this year. The Republican has launched robocalls in southeastern Pennsylvania, home to several competitive state Senate races, urging voters to contact their local lawmaker, according to a post by the right-leaning Keystone Report. It's tough to understate how large the pension problem really is, just as it's tough to understate the mix of bipartisan, civet cat greed, financial mismanagement and plain old economic apocalypse that led the state to its current predicament. Trading stadiums for pensions in 2001, Gov. Tom Ridge went along with a pension hike that boosted retirement benefits for state employees, teachers and lawmakers. Despite sweaty palms and nervous glances, lawmakers went along with the scheme, even though they had only hours to review it before it was rammed through the General Assembly. The vote jacked up pension debt "by $10 billion instantly," according to an analysis byThe Commonwealth Foundation. Which, was, y'know, all kinds of awesome.
As school districts statewide continue cutting,
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The nomination process is now open for the Timothy M. Allwein Advocacy Award. This award may be presented annually to the individual school director or entire school board to recognize outstanding leadership in legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of public education and students that are consistent with the positions in PSBA’s Legislative Platform. Applications will be accepted until July 16, 2014. The July 16 date was picked in honor of Timothy M. Allwein's birthday. The award will be presented during the PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference in October. More details and application are available on PSBA's website.