Local governments and police and firefighter departments' retirement systems aren't included in the bill that cleared the state House of Representatives this week.
At a hearing in Harrisburg, more than two hours of testimony about the City Revitalization & Improvement Zone program revealed its problems and potential.
Legislation dealing with pensions has, for decades, received a once-over by actuaries working for the Public Employee Retirement Commission, or PERC.
Police problems in 10,000-person coal region city stem from policy lapses that aren't uncommon in Pennsylvania municipalities.
If aid's delayed, certain municipalities could face penalty fees. The amounts, in some cases, would be tens of millions of dollars.
"Regardless of where you come down on that fight, the work needs to get done."
Local retirement systems in Pennsylvania get about a quarter billion dollars, combined, each year from the Public Employee Retirement Commission (PERC).