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Christmas, Christmas time is here, time for pensions and time for cheer?

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Will Santa come early this year?

As we skated across the parking lot this morning into work and thawed out from the icy weather, that was one of my first thoughts.

No, I wasn't thinking about physical presents. Although, I could use a pair of heated shoes.

My question is directed at state lawmakers.

After the transportation bill was signed by the governor the week of Thanksgiving, several elected officials began editing their wish lists, with pension reform on top.

But how do elves build consensus and does that even fit on Santa's sleigh? And can he bring it this week or next? The Senate is here today through Wednesday, while the House is here the same days plus the first three weekdays next week.

We're talking a room divided and more than $47 billion in unfunded liabilities at the state level. Republicans have a few proposals; Democrats would rather leave well enough alone.

And the majority on the right doesn't seem to have a clear-cut direction on which bill it wants to push. York County Republican Rep. Seth Grove believes we're headed for a defined-contribution plan.

So deck the halls with lots of lawmakers. What will get done in time?

I'm not convinced pension reform makes the cut this year. But I'm not the one carrying the bag or passing judgments on those naughty or nice.

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Jason Scott

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Jason Scott covers state government, real estate and construction, media and marketing, and Dauphin County. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at Follow him on Twitter, @JScottJournal. Circle Jason Scott on .

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