One of Governor Tom Corbett’s top priorities has stalled in the state House of Representatives, and a vote may not be taken until late summer.
A pension reform measure did reach the debate stage in the House on Tuesday, but Berks County Democrat Gene DiGirolomo, who opposes the bill, asked that it be referred back to the Human Services Committee which he chairs. His motion to refer the bill passed by eleven votes. Thus, any further debate was blocked for now, and any potential vote was postponed.
Fifteen Republicans joined with Democrats in the vote, basically saying they do not want to deal with the subject at this time.
Meanwhile, the Governor is still reviewing the state budget for the new fiscal year, passed by the legislature just before the midnight deadline Monday which marked the years’ transition. Corbett has stated he will not immediately sign the spending plan into law because he wants progress on pension reform.
Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni told Radio PA News that state services will continue while the review is underway, and that the Governor has not given up on the idea of getting a pension bill on his desk. Corbett has until July 9 to sign the budget, veto all or parts of it, or let it become law without his signature.