Fix
The
Numbers

We Are Failing Basic Math

41% of Pennsylvanians live in a municipality that is financially distressed.

 

 

Fix The Numbers

Pension Reform

66 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties have at least one municipality with a pension plan under a high level of financial stress.

This is how York’s numbers add up. Seem fair?

 

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Fair Arbitration

The single biggest threat to fiscal stability for many municipalities in Pennsylvania is the escalating pension costs associated with uniformed personnel contracts. PA’s statewide unfunded liability is nearly $8 billion.

 

 

 

Fix
The
Numbers

Tax Exemption

Who should be tax exempt? That’s the question facing Pennsylvanians today.

 

 

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The
Numbers

Education Funding

45 other states provide a higher percentage of funding to their public schools than Pennsylvania.

THE MATH
DOESN’T
WORK
ANYMORE.

It’s a fact. 41% of Pennsylvanians live in a municipality that is financially distressed.* What do these communities–and most PA municipalities–have in common?

Four things.

First, the mounting costs of unsustainable public safety employee pensions–the most pressing problem by far.

Second, outdated binding arbitration law that handcuffs municipalities at the negotiating table and pushes them deeper into debt.

Third, an abundance of tax-exempt properties within their borders that use services, but pay no taxes.

Fourth, an unbalanced school funding formula that leaves some districts flush while others are forced to squeeze more out of the taxpayer.

As a state, we’re failing at basic math. Locked up in these disparities are much-needed road repairs, new police and fire hires, new equipment, higher education standards and lower taxes. It’s time to educate and advocate for taxpayer fairness.

It’s time to Fix the Numbers.

Take action now


QUICK FACTS

  • 66 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties have at least one municipality with a pension plan under a high level of financial stress.**
  • Under current law, a municipality’s fiscal stability does not have to be considered when new police and fire contracts are awarded through binding arbitration.
  • In Pennsylvania, at least 542 communities have a significant percentage of tax-exempt properties.
  • 473 out of 500 Pennsylvania school districts are operating with insufficient resources.***
*Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh, April 2015
**Public Employee Retirement Commission, 2012
***PA Costing-Out Study

What affects you?

Pension

Unfunded Pension Liability

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Arbitration

Binding Arbitration
(Act 111)

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Tax

Tax-Exempt
Properties

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Education

Underfunded
Education

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ABOUT FIX THE NUMBERS

Fix the Numbers is a bi-partisan outreach campaign of the Pennsylvania Municipal League (PML). The campaign is designed to educate and advocate for the reforms of municipal public safety employee pensions, binding arbitration (Act 111), and education funding, as well as addressing the impact of tax-exempt entities, all part of a larger goal of restoring fiscal health to the state’s municipalities. PML is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that serves 89 direct members who represent over 3.6 million citizens of Pennsylvania.  Established in 1900, the PML today represents participating Pennsylvania cities, townships, town, boroughs, and home rule municipalities that all share the League’s municipal policy interests.