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Municipal pension reform not on radar

March 3, 2013

State lawmakers are way too busy trying to resolve the state’s pension crisis to give much attention to the pension problems of municipalitie....

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Mar-03-13 5:54 AM

"In Williamsport, hands are tied because of contractual language, said city finance director William E. Nichols Jr. "We're restricted because the pensions are spelled out in contractual language and state requirements of third-class city code dictating how they need to be set up and operate," he said. "To make changes means altering union contracts and/or changing state law. It's not an easy road." Ahh, political double-speak, on one hand they say their hands are tied and on the other they say it's a hard road. Well nothing worthwhile is ever found on the easy road, why not get off your collective butts and start fixing the problem. All contracts can be changed/renegotiated and state law can be changed, if the local reps won't get behind you, work to boot them out. It has to change taxpayers can no longer afford the golden benefits, and another thing start at the top and then work down. Let's see some freakin' people with some guts for a change.

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