The top state advocacy priority of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce is to adopt meaningful state and municipal public pension reforms. We believe reforms are needed in order to maintain economic competitiveness of the state and the sustainability of our communities.
Specifically, we are working closely with our partners across the state, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and are working to ensure the following principles are included in any final reform measure:
- It addresses the ever increasing underfunded pension liability.
- It provides cost predictability.
- It shares risk, and
- It increases the overall funding certainty for state, municipal and school district employees.
On municipal pension reform, we are working through a statewide coalition, The Coalition for Sustainable Communities, which is made up of dozens of chambers of commerce and local government associations from across the state.
View Recent Communications on State & Municipal Public Pension Reform
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette op-ed signed by Laura Ellsworth and Nick DeBenedictis (October 2016)
- Pittsburgh Business Times column (October 2016)
- Harrisburg Patriot News op-ed signed by CEOs of the Allegheny Conference, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the PA Chamber of Business and Industry (September 2016)
- Letter to PA General Assembly & Governor on pension reform (December 2015)
- Letter to PA Senate Appropriations Committee on municipal pension reform (November 2015)