Wagner Supports Banning Felons from Receiving Public Pension Benefits

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HARRISBURG – Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) supported a proposal that would strengthen the state’s ability to remove pension benefits from employees who commit felonies or serve more than five years in prison due to state and federal offenses while on the job.

Wagner, who is a cosponsor of the measure introduced by Senator John DiSanto (R-Dauphin/Perry), said the measure is needed to close existing loopholes in the system.

“When I first got to Harrisburg in 2014, I looked at the portraits of former legislative leaders hanging in the halls of the Capitol,” Wagner said. “Several of those leaders abused the public trust and committed egregious crimes that cost taxpayers millions of dollars. While I was one who thought the portraits should be removed all together, the compromise was to place an additional plaque to outline the crime committed.”

“What is worse is we have a former senate leader who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and used taxpayer resources for his campaign who is receiving $245,000 a year in pension benefits despite having two pensions systems that have a combined liability of more than $60 billion,” Wagner added. “It is really sad we would need such a law, but this proposal would add protections for taxpayers and put those on notice who abuse the public trust that it will not be rewarded with pension benefits.”

The bill was unanimously approved by the Senate on Tuesday and moves to the House of Representatives for its consideration.