Link: A new pension crisis [Daily News]
THE HOUSE vote expected today on the city's budget-relief bill, enabling it to raise the sales tax, has been delayed another two days. This gives House members - including the Philadelphia delegation - more time to check their math on what might be most damaging: angering labor or devastating an entire city if City Hall reverts to a draconian plan that includes 3,000 layoffs.
The Senate amended a bill that would allow Philadelphia to raise its sales tax and delay pension payments to include pension reforms for all cities in Pennsylvania, not just Philadelphia. The amendments would mandate a changed pension plan for future members. Labor says this unfairly interferes with collective bargaining. We get it, but what we don't get: If the bill fails and the city lays off a significant number of union workers, doesn't that undermine collective bargaining more seriously?
It makes you wonder: How much lower can legislators' popularity get? According to a new Daily News/Franklin & Marshall poll, nearly 80 percent say the state Legislature is doing a fair or poor job.