The Commonwealth Foundation on Lottery Privatization and Pension Reform
Two issues that have found their way onto the Triadvocate in recent weeks have been the privatization of the management of the state lottery and pension reform.
With the Governor Corbett’s announcement that Camelot has agreed to extend its bid until March 18th, the Governor has more time to decide whether to challenge Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s ruling that that the lottery deal violated the state constitution. Though Democrats have been outspoken in their criticism of the privatization plan, Republicans have voiced criticism as well. The divide is more philosophical than it is partisan, with conservative members voicing support for the Governor’s plan. The Commonwealth Foundation has supported the Governor’s proposal seeing the benefit of privatizing the management of the PA state lottery so that costs would be shifted to the private sector. Matt Brouillette sees the deal as a win-win for Pennsylvania since it would guarantee increased revenues for the lottery.
Pension Reform has also been a lively topic of conversation in recent weeks because of its implications for the Commonwealth’s budget. Last Tuesday Senator Leach addressed this issue on the Triadvocate. Matt Brouillette also touched on this issue when he was in our offices, arguing that it is time for the Commonwealth to move to a defined contribution plan for new employees.
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