Corman defends pension bill, says Wolf’s budget lacks votes

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf may not like a Senate GOP plan to overhaul pension benefits for public school and state government employees, but Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman warns that Wolf’s budget plan has zero votes among the chamber’s Republicans.

Corman made the comments Friday on WITF-FM’s show “Smart Talk.” The House has scheduled a June 4 hearing on the bill, which was fast-tracked through the Senate without a hearing. Senate Democrats opposed it.

Corman says the Senate GOP doesn’t want to send Wolf a bill that he’ll veto, but he says the issue will have to be hammered out in budget negotiations this summer.

The bill would end the traditional pension benefit for future employees and require concessions from many current workers in it. It wouldn’t affect today’s retirees.

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