Monday, August 31, 2015

Scarnati wins another year as Senate president

Some aspiring 2016 presidential candidates might wish it was this easy.

Scarnati wins another year as Senate president



Some aspiring 2016 presidential candidates might wish it was this easy.

Sen. Joe Scarnati (R., Jefferson) sailed to another year as Senate president in short order today.

Scarnati's Senate colleagues voted unanimously to return him to the leadership post he has held for eight years.

Shortly after, the former restaurateur from Brockway in the state's northern tier, was sworn in to the third-highest constitutional office in the Commonwealth behind the governor and lieutenant governor.

Scarnati said getting the budget done is the primary goal in the months ahead.

“I have confidence that the Senate will be a leader in ensuring our state budget is balanced in a responsible manner, while working hard to find a solution that will allow us to increase funding for our public schools, institutions of higher education and programs that help the elderly and our most needy citizens,” Scarnati said

He also cited economic growth, job creation and public pensions as major issues on the horizon.

“The choices we make will be many, but the largest cost impacting our budget in the coming years will be that of pensions – an issue that must be addressed by this body,” Scarnati said. “Pennsylvania residents have spoken and have clearly shown that they expect us to move our state pension system in line with that of the private sector.”







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