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Roae: House Bill 2497 is Unconstitutional and Fails to Bring Reform to State Employee Pensions

Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) today issued the following statement following passage of House Bill 2497, which claimed to bring reform to the Pennsylvania public pension system:


“I voted no on House Bill 2497 because this legislation clearly violates Article III, Section 3 of the Pennsylvania Constitution. The article states: ‘No bill shall be passed containing more than one subject.’ The Pennsylvania Constitution ensures the subject of legislation must stand on its own and is not impacted by unrelated issues slipped into bills. This pension legislation was altered by an amendment that creates an independent fiscal office, which is clearly unrelated to the pension issue. This resulted in two different, unrelated subjects being placed into the same bill.


“Regarding the original pension legislation, all the bill does is delay paying the true costs of the pension system. It would be compatible to refinancing a 15-year mortgage and turning it into a 30-year loan, and then proclaiming you are saving money each month with a lower payment. The problem is, those payments have to continue for 15 years after the original loan would have been paid off.


“From 2010 to 2021, school district payments will be lower than they would have under the current law. However, from 2022 to 2037, the contribution rate will be higher than it would have under the current law. Payments that should be made from 2011 to 2021 to make the pension funds solvent will be added to what taxpayers will have to pay from 2022 to 2037.


“This bill is an insult to the hard-working Pennsylvania taxpayer. There will soon be a new governor and a revamped Legislature. We must make this issue a top priority in the next session for the good of all of our citizens.”


Rep. Brad Roae
6th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(814) 827-6054
(717) 787-2353

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