Corbett Touts Pension Reform In Sugarloaf

Bill O’Boyle
Wilkes-Barre Times Leader

Gov. Tom Corbett came to Luzerne County Thursday to tout his reform plan for the financially strained state system.

“All you have to do is look at the numbers,” Corbett said. “It’s a problem.”

Corbett was at Tom’s Country Kitchen on Route 93 in Sugarloaf to continue his statewide tour to ask residents and taxpayers to urge legislators to bring property tax relief and pass meaningful pension reform legislation.

“Across Pennsylvania, residents are facing rising property taxes due to out-of-control pension costs,” he said.

Corbett, a Republican, said pension costs in Luzerne County school districts have increased by more than $21 million, or by almost 295 percent, over the past 10 years.

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