The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

July 11, 2014

Corbett still pressing for pension reform

PITTSBURGH — Gov. Tom Corbett said Friday that he’s still hopeful the Pennsylvania Legislature will take up pension reform, but won’t say if he plans to call a special session on the issue.

Speaking at a press conference in Pittsburgh, Corbett said he thinks his fellow Republicans in the Legislature are close to reaching an agreement on changes to the pension system and on liquor privatization.

Earlier in the day, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, said Corbett needs to take the lead on crafting a pension agreement.

Corbett signed the state budget 10 days late, on Thursday, and used his line-item veto power to spotlight what he called the Legislature’s failure to make sacrifices with the rest of those in government or to curb rising public-sector pension costs.

Turzai said during a press conference that the leading pension bill was hatched by House Republicans, not Corbett. The Senate’s four top Republicans also have criticized Corbett.

Turzai called on the governor to use “capital and the bully pulpit” to get initiatives already approved by the House through the Senate.

Corbett rejected the criticism, saying the only thing he’s refused to do is woo legislators by promising special projects for their districts.

“Am I encouraging the membership to come back and get pensions done? Yes,” Corbett said, but added that he hasn’t spoken directly to legislative leaders since his budget decision.

Corbett said some Republicans are being influenced by public sector unions, and now he’s taking his cause to the public. He said his administration also is working behind the scenes with Senate leaders on privatization of state-run liquor stores.

The governor said he sent a message by cutting $65 million from the Legislature’s own appropriations and another $7.2 million in earmarks and other spending items picked by lawmakers.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • fire_23 Investigators seek cause of West End fire

    The cause of a five-alarm fire early Monday at a vacant structure in the 500 block of Dorothy Avenue in Johnstown’s West End has not been determined, according to city fire officials.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Richland seeks loan for roof, HVAC work

    Richland Township’s plans to replace the municipal building’s roof and heating and air conditioning system will cost nearly $600,000, Solicitor Gary Costlow said.

    July 22, 2014

  • Undocumented children already arriving in state

    An influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border is spilling over into Pennsylvania, as state officials received word Monday that more than 500 are being housed in the commonwealth.

    July 22, 2014

  • Auditor cites flaws in gas drilling regulation

    Strained by limited resources and the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, environmental regulators have failed to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens, the state auditor general said Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • Driver in fatal DUI crash will serve jail time

    A Vintondale man was sentenced Tuesday in Cambria County court to serve 16 to 32 months in the county jail for a 2011 alcohol-related crash that killed a woman.

    July 22, 2014

  • Tribune Treasure!

    July 22, 2014

  • Reade Twp. water projects receive funding

    Three water treatment systems in Cambria County will receive financial assistance from the state Department of Environmental Protection to remove acid mine drainage from nearby waterways.

    July 22, 2014

  • stoystown Tractor Fest Antique tractors chugging toward Stoystown fest

    A display of a whole lotta horsepower and pulling contests will highlight the 14th annual Antique Tractor Festival.
    Sponsored by Stoystown Lions Club and Laurel Highlands Antique Power Club, the event will be held July 31 through Aug. 3 at the Lions’ park, one-half mile east of Stoystown on Route 30.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Irish dance school wants to set toes tapping in Cambria County

    If you ever wanted to learn to dance an Irish jig, now is your chance.
    Kenny Cavanaugh School of Irish Dance, based out of Milford, Pike County, is expanding into Cambria County.

    July 22, 2014

  • Paterno son, other former assistant sue Penn State for $1M

    A son of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has sued the university over his dismissal from its coaching staff two years ago, saying he has been unfairly linked to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

    July 22, 2014


What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

     View Results
House Ads