The online news service capitolwire.com offers an interesting take on the state's still-growing pension problem, a fiscal nightmare that the Legislature continues to kick down the road.
The news service's Monday piece says even as the Corbett administration offers reform plans to reduce long-term costs of pensions for state workers and teachers, it appears such plans are going nowhere.
With a June 30 state budget deadline in sight and issues such as transportation funding and liquor privatization getting more push and attention -- in a legislature not known for doing more than one major thing at a time -- pension reform could be left in the dust.
"Unlike transportation funding, the Senate isn't driving this issue forward. Unlike liquor privatization, the House GOP and governor aren't wild-eyed to make it happen," capitolwire.com suggests.
This even as the administration is set to roll out specifics expected to include plans to put new employees into a 401-k system and change (read:reduce) benefits for current employees.
Ah, well, the beat goes on. Or, rather, doesn't.
Still, as someone always looking for silver linings, I can report some headway on other vital topics.
On Tuesday, for example, the House is scheduled to consider two measures that I know have been on lots of citizen to-do lists.
Votes are planned on HB 451 sponsored by Rep. Jeff Pyle, R-Armstrong County, which would finally allow the use of leashed tracking dogs to recover legally-wounded white-tail deer and black bear.
Votes also are planned on HB 577 sponsored by Rep. Gary Haluska, D-Cambria County, to make sure that at least one resident of the Elk Management Area has an opportunity to buy an elk hunting license each year.