PEL in the News

Representatives from Luzerne County Councils of Government (COG) spoke on municipal cooperation and DCED official Marita Kelley discussed state options to assist local municipalities at PEL’s recent Northeast Issues Forum, Nobody Survives on Their Own: Creating Healthy Communities through Regional Cooperation.

Click to read the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader story.

A panel featuring government officials and industry experts weighed in on the future of Marcellus Shale in the Williamsport region at the PEL Lycoming/Clinton Issues Forum on Nov. 22. Read the Williamsport Sun-Gazette article on “As the Natural Gas Industry Matures, What Does the Next Five Years Hold for the Williamsport Region?” and the related Sun-Gazette editorial.

Ellen Horan, President and CEO of the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and Jon Scott, President and CEO of the Greater Reading Economic Partnership, gave an update on Ride to Prosperity 2.0 at the PEL Berks Issues Forum on Oct. 24. Read the Reading Eagle article.

PEL Central Executive Director Gerald Cross discusses the need for a new approach to funding local government services – regional tax base sharing. Read the commentary in The Scranton Times.

David Davare, who oversees PEL’s Harrisburg office, weighed in on the issue of increased school district sharing in the face of flat or decreasing revenue and higher expenditures.  Read the BCTV article. His comments were also featured in PEL’s latest op-ed that appeared in the Scranton Times-Tribune and other publications.

Noted pension expert Richard Dreyfuss presented an overview of the public pension crisis at the May 23 PEL Lycoming County Issues Forum. Read the Williamsport Sun-Gazette article and editorial.

Pennsylvania Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser discussed Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed 2013-2014 budget and other Corbett initiatives at the May 10 PEL Northeast Issues Forum. Read the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader article and the Citizens Voice article.

Timothy J. Shrom, Ph.D., business manager for the Solanco School District, presented an overview of the penalties, pitfalls and problems of health care reform at the May 9 PEL York County Issues Forum. Read the York Dispatch article.

Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer outlined his agenda at a recent PEL Issues Forum. Read the Reading Eagle article.A review of options to eliminate the unfunded liability of Allentown’s Police and Fire pension fund by the Pennsylvania Economy League found that one of the alternatives could result in an immediate 50 percent increase to water and sewer rates. Read the Allentown Morning Call article.

The Pennsylvania Economy League presented its Early Intervention Plan findings to the city of Lebanon on April 9. The conclusion: city officials have done a good job in taking control of the budget in recent years by raising revenues and cutting expenses, but more needs to be done in the future in order to avert deficits. Read the complete Lebanon Daily News article.

PEL suggests consolidating services not towns to to help financially struggling municipalities. Read the Standard Speaker article on PEL’s presentation to the Luzerne County-based Mountain Council of Governments.

PEL Central Executive Director Gerald Cross weighs in on the problem of municipal debt. Read the Scranton Times-Tribune article.

Public pension returns on investment might be too optimistic. Read the Scranton Times-Tribune op-ed to learn why.