Bloom, Grove File Suit to Stop Wolf’s Illegal Power Grab
2/12/2016
HARRISBURG – State Reps. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) and Seth Grove (R-York) today announced they have taken legal action to prevent closure of the Pennsylvania Employee Retirement Commission (PERC) by Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, in Commonwealth Court.

The Wolf Administration announced their intention to reassign the statutory functions of PERC to another agency, cease PERC operations and employment, in a Feb. 3 letter to PERC Chair John Durbin.

“Gov. Tom Wolf is not above the law and cannot simply abolish a statutorily created independent watchdog agency by his own decree. His unilateral decision to shutter PERC is one more example of his deliberate attempts to circumvent the legislative process and upset the fundamental constitutional principle of separation of powers. Gov. Wolf’s latest power grab is a step too far; enough is enough” said Bloom and Grove.

PERC has two primary responsibilities, to provide an independent review and actuarial analysis for all proposed pension reform legislation and to review Pennsylvania’s municipal pension plans. PERC has fulfilled these responsibilities for over 30 years, since it was created by the General Assembly in Act 66 of 1981.

Grove and Bloom issued the following statement regarding their decision to pursue legal action against the governor:

“Pennsylvania law requires PERC to prepare an independent, comprehensive actuarial analysis of pension legislation. This is the governor’s attempt to block and delay the debate and enactment of urgently needed public pension reform measures. The governor should not be allowed to artificially interfere with the democratic process by fiat.

“With our decision to file suit against the governor, we are sending a clear message that the Constitution and statutes of the Commonwealth are to be respected. We have and will continue to fight for the taxpayers of Pennsylvania from the governor’s habitual abuse of executive authority.”

Electronic copies of the legal documents are available here.

Representative Stephen Bloom
199th District
Media Contact: Abbey Haslam
717.260.6222
ahaslam@pahousegop.com

Representative Seth Grove
196th District

Media Contact: Eric Reath
717.260.6187
ereath@pahousegop.com
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