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Not going away

| Monday, June 30, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Not going away

The Pennsylvania pension crisis isn't a Democrat or a Republican problem. It's a math problem.

And it's not going away. You see the effects in every school district in the commonwealth. There is less money in the classrooms, teacher layoffs and local property-tax increases.

Increased pension costs are driving these shortfalls. In Brentwood Borough School District, we stand to lose more than $79,000 if legislators do not reform our pension system.

There is a simple answer: Reform our pension system to free up more dollars in the future for education. If only the General Assembly would follow the governor's lead and act to address this problem.

Dennis H. Troy

The writer is Brentwood's mayor.

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