Pension relief for school districts about two decades away

Basic education funding for 2017-18 is increasing by $100 million statewide. Meanwhile, pension payments for districts are rising by $144 million. That imbalance, which ultimately shrinks money for the classroom, wasn’t fixed by the pension reform that state officials have described as “historic” and “meaningful.”

Pennsylvania gerrymander gave GOP a big boost

A map of congressional districts drawn by Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Legislature helped the GOP win nearly three more of the state’s U.S. House seats than the party otherwise would have won in last year’s election, an Associated Press analysis found.

Little impact by SB1 on PA’s pension problems

Global credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s released a statement last week seemingly devaluing the impact of Pennsylvania’s new pension reform law, saying the measure’s effects on the state’s budget and credit are “negligible.”