HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state commission that reviews all pension legislation affecting Pennsylvania's public employees has elected a new chairman backed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.
The timing of Thursday's vote to elect John Durbin as chairman of the Public Employee Retirement Commission so soon before an expected legislative debate on pensions was questioned by the Democratic minority in the House of Representatives.
But outgoing chairman Anthony Salomone says he is stepping down after six years because he plans to spend more time at his beach house in Delaware.
Durbin, a former Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission director, says he'll work with both parties to reach a consensus on any pension changes.
Corbett has signaled support for postponing some pension payments to provide state and local budget relief, but the proposal is still under construction.