Public Invited to Pension Reform Town Hall Meeting Hosted By PNA Foundation and PA Chamber

  • Mar 17, 2015

Nikki Rhoads, Communications Director

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation is joining with the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry to host an informational public town hall meeting on pension reform. The public is encouraged to attend the event on Thursday, March 26, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Widener Law School, Harrisburg, Pa., for discussion, coffee and cookies.

Currently, Pennsylvania’s two public pension systems, the State Employee Retirement System and the Public School Employees’ Retirement System are estimated to be more than $50 billion in debt. Over the next three years, the state’s pension payment obligations will total $1 billion. Lawmakers, school districts and business leaders are calling for comprehensive pension reform, saying that it’s the only way to protect schools and communities from greater tax increases. Others say that we need to give a 2010 law on pensions more time to work.

"We are excited to be hosting this town hall with the Chamber," said PNA President, Teri Henning. “Pension reform is regularly in the news and on legislative agendas, and we are happy to facilitate public discussion and a better understanding of the issues and the potential impact on all Pennsylvanians. We hope that this is the first of many town hall meetings across Pennsylvania on issues that matter to communities and individuals."

Designed to educate the public and encourage open discussion, the town hall will include presentations from a diverse panel. Presenters and panelists include Mark Ryan, deputy director of the Independent Fiscal Office, Richard C. Dreyfuss of the Manhattan Institute Center for State and Local Leadership, Stephen Herzenberg, executive director of Keystone Research Center, and Timothy Stayer, president of the Ephrata Area Board of School Directors.

John Micek, editorial and opinions editor, PennLive/The Patriot-News will moderate.

The town hall will be held in Room 180A of Widener Law School, 3737 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Attendees are invited to arrive by 6:30 p.m. for coffee and cookies.

The PNA, founded in 1925, is the nonprofit trade association for print and digital media in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to advance the business interests of Pennsylvania news media companies and to promote a free and independent press. It has more than 300 newspaper and media members, including daily, weekly, and college newspapers and online publications. The PNA Foundation is a non-profit corporation whose mission includes educating the public on the importance of the First Amendment and the role of a free press.

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