HARRISBURG - None of the legislative leaders has ever been more than politically polite when assessing Gov. Corbett's proposal to rein in the skyrocketing cost of public pensions in Pennsylvania.
But on Tuesday, a top Senate Republican all but said that the governor's full plan is as good as dead.
Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware) told reporters the chamber was expected to vote on a bill this week that picks up only a small piece of Corbett's proposal: moving all new employees into 401(k)-style plans.
But the Senate, for now at least, is steering clear of the legally risky part of Corbett's plan - and the one that would bring in the most savings: reducing future pension benefits for current employees by changing the way those benefits are calculated; and reducing the annual amount the state is required to contribute to its two retirement funds.