Teachers’ Union Opposes Corbett’s New Pension Plan

Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed pension reform package, which calls for new employees to be enrolled in a 401(k) and current employees to see some changes in the way their pensions are calculated, is being met with fierce, but predictable opposition from state teacher unions.

The governor maintains his proposals, which include lowering a multiplier used to calculate the pensions of current employees, will stanch the bleeding of the pension debt, which now hovers at around $41 billion, and shift the liability for pensions away from the state in much the way corporate America has done.

Without the pension reform, the governor said, deep cuts eventually will have to be made to the general fund budget and core programs and services in the state.

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