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OPINION

LETTER: Revise state pension benefit contracts

Pennsylvania

The taxpayers of Pennsylvania can no longer fulfill the financial commitment of state pension retirement contracts. Excessive taxation on the citizens of Pennsylvania will lead to bankrupting individuals, families and business owners. Increasing taxes for education will fund school employee pensions, not student resources.

Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, at podium, speaks, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The House voted in favor of general appropriations bill on Tuesday, a day after a bipartisan Senate vote to approve one for greater amount that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf supports. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

We, the people of Pennsylvania, request to make into law, a resolution for current elected legislators and all public employees, the option to voluntarily revise current pension benefit contracts. The agreement to this resolution will reduce the existing retirement plans of active working employees who currently serve the state of Pennsylvania, to the financial agreement of the pension contracts previous to Act 9 (2001). Reduced pension contributions (25-50 percent) will allow more funding for local school districts and reduce pension debt in the state budget.

The citizens of Pennsylvania would greatly respect the commitment of service, dedication and sacrifice for the welfare of our state and for our children. If you agree, please contact your representative.

Shelva Eller

Manchester Twp.