Sen. Blake: New Pension Reform Law Only Starts Correction

On June 12, 2017

HARRISBURG, June 12, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding the state pension systems reform contained in Senate Bill 1 that was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf this afternoon. “I commend my colleagues in the legislature and Governor Wolf for the bipartisan work done to facilitate a five-party […]

Blake Discusses State Budget, Education Funding and Pension Reform at Annual Legislative Breakfast

On February 12, 2016

SCRANTON, February 12, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today hosted nearly 100 local and municipal officials at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Scranton for his sixth annual legislative breakfast. In the wake of the governor’s 2016-17 budget address coupled with the fiscal uncertainties created by the over $6 billion in line-item […]

Blake: Stopgap Budget Continues Past Cuts, Reduces Funding Levels for Schools

On September 18, 2015

HARRISBURG, September 18, 2015 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding the Senate party-line passage of the Republican-crafted stopgap budget: “The Republican-crafted stopgap budget presented for a vote today in the Senate is basically one-third of the flawed and irresponsible budget that the Republican majority passed in June which was […]

Senate Dems Express Grave Concerns About Pension Reform Bill

On May 13, 2015

HARRISBURG – May 13, 2015 – A leading group of Senate Democrats today wrote to the Public Employee Retirement Commission (PERC) to express grave concerns about the process surrounding Senate Bill 1, a massive overhaul of the pension system for public employees. PERC itself raised red flags about the expedited legislative schedule, which rendered them […]

Blake’s Veterans Pension Bills Win Senate Approval

On December 11, 2013

HARRISBURG, Dec. 11, 2013 – Legislation introduced by state Sen. John Blake to help veterans who are employed by the City of Scranton more quickly participate in its pension program have won the Senate’s approval. Senate Bill 703 amends the Scranton Police and Firemen’s Pension Law and Senate Bill 704 changes the Scranton City Employee […]

Pension Reform Bill Will Cost PA Taxpayers Additional $40 Billion, Blake Says

On June 19, 2013

HARRISBURG – June 19, 2013 – State Sen. John Blake said Pennsylvania taxpayers will be on the hook for billions if the pension reform bill reported out of the Senate Finance Committee becomes law. Senate Bill 922 was originally heralded as a means to address the unfunded liability of the state’s two retirement funds: the […]

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August 4, 2017: Senator Blake joined a number of local officials to welcome Governor Tom Wolf back to Scranton to tour the success story that is the United Neighborhood Centers' community revitalization effort along Cedar Avenue in South Scranton. August 4, 2017: Senator Blake joined a number of local officials to welcome Governor Tom Wolf back to Scranton to tour the success story that is the United Neighborhood Centers' community revitalization effort along Cedar Avenue in South Scranton. August 4, 2017: Senator Blake joined a number of local officials to welcome Governor Tom Wolf back to Scranton to tour the success story that is the United Neighborhood Centers' community revitalization effort along Cedar Avenue in South Scranton. August 3, 2017: Senator Blake and State Rep. Mike Carroll joined Dupont resident Stanley Knick for his swearing-in ceremony to the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners.

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