The state’s dangerously bloated pension system was the subject of discussion today on Comment Please by Univest. State Senator Bob Mensch says, over the last five years the state pension system is in a 50-billion dollar deficit
“If the markets don’t begin to behave extraordinarily, not average or normal, but extraordinarily good, the markets themselves can never make up this difference.”
Mensch says, just about every state has the same problem. He says, lawmakers must make it a major priority when the next legislative session begins. Mensch characterized the pension problem as the “gorilla in the room.” One that every elected person in the State Legislature should recognize.
A vote on an ordinance to protect members of the gay, lesbian and transgender communities could come in Montgomery County sometime near the fall season. Commissioner Chairman, Josh Shapiro says a work group is trying to determine if Montco can adopt such an ordinance.
“We’ve exploring that legal question and we hope to be able to have a public presentation on this sometime early in the fall. We will take the results of that and determine what action is necessary.”
It seems likely the non discrimination ordinance would be passed with or without the support of minority Commissioner, Bruce Castor.
Should the U.S. and its allies take out Syria’s ability to use chemical weapons. Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey believes President Obama has the power to make a move without consent from Federal lawmakers.
“I believe the War Powers Act allows the President to take military action, especially when you consider that chemical weapons are being used against the Syrian people.”
Casey says, he’s disappointed that the British Parliament voted against taking action over the Syria issue
President Obama continues to seek out support for a resolution that would allow the United States to carry out a military attack on Syria chemical weapons stockpile. Congressman Jim Gerlach says, right now, he would cast a "no" vote to attack Syria, based on the information that’s available.
“The Resolution only says, you’re only going to be allowed over 90 days, perhaps some missiles to make a strike to send a message. But what happens if it gets out of hand and Americans are put in danger, is this really worth it if you’re only purpose, as the President has stated is simply send some sort of message without taking Ashad out or without otherwise dealing with his military forces.”
Gerlach says, based on the information he would vote “no” because the situation is not directly impacting Americans. He adds, if information was discovered that militant groups with unfavorable views of the U-S were to obtain some of Ashad’s chemical weapons, he would lean toward military action. Congressman Gerlach was a guest on WNPV’s AM-Edition Thursday morning with Darryl Berger.