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The Coalition for Sustainable Communities is a growing alliance of chambers of commerce, local government associations and other business, community and municipal leaders all committed to helping Pennsylvania's rural, suburban and urban communities address growing economic and financial challenges.

Legislation We Support

PA House Bill 316
Affordable and fair municipal pension reform for taxpayers and uniformed unions

Unlike the current defined benefit pension plans, House Bill 316 will create a cash balance plan which will reduce employer costs by providing a reliable benefit structure, a modest benefit reduction, and a stream of revenue devoted to paying the unfunded liability of the current defined benefit plans (legacy pensions). These changes result in sustainable public safety pensions.

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PA Senate Bill 211
Needed reforms for municipalities. Fair solutions to improve Act 111.

Senate Bill 211 will make long overdue and needed improvements to Act 111. Act 111 is the state law that provides binding arbitration for police and fire personnel in exchange for a prohibition on striking if a contract cannot be negotiated. SB 211 would update the 47 year old collective bargaining process, making it fairer and less costly to municipalities and their taxpayers.

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Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh Greater Johnstown Cambria County Chamber of Commerce Pennsylvania Business Council Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Allegheny Valley Chamber of Commerce The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Philadelphia Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities Pennsylvania Economy League, Inc., Central Division York County Chamber of Commerce Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce Monroeville Area Chamber Mon Valley Progress Council The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry PMA - Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association

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April 15, 2015
Fix pensions: The Democratic mayors are right — it's a crisis
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial Board
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March 3, 2015
Governor Wolf Calls For Municipal Pension Reform in Budget Address
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February 6, 2015
When they talk about reining in retirement costs, lawmakers must make municipal pension reform part of the conversation
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