Tim Horras is a member of Local 2187. He testified that his library branch in Kensington was closed for a few weeks due to a mosquito infestation. Tim said they also lack the proper amount of materials needed at his library and others, and that materials in the libraries are below the state mandated levels. He said an appropriation of $7.1 million is needed to just meet the mandated materials needed in Philly libraries. Tim and other members of the union are calling on City Council members to provide more funding for the public libraries.
Local 2187 members Alexis Ahiagabe and Mary Marques joined Tim at the table, also testifying in City Council.
State Senator John DiSanto will soon reintroduce SB113, legislation to strengthen the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act to require the forfeiture of pension benefits for public employees that are convicted or plead guilty or no contest to any job-related felony offense.
This legislation closes a loophole that allowed convicted former state Sen. Robert Mellow to have his $245,000 a year pension restored despite a guilty plea and serving prison time on federal conspiracy charges–which currently is regarded as a non-pension forfeiture crime. This is just one of many examples of public officials betraying the citizens and forcing taxpayers to pick up the tab.