Law­mak­ers get­ting an­other pay raise

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE -

HARRISBURG >> Penn­syl­va­nia law­mak­ers are about to get their first pay raise in two years, padding what is al­ready the na­tion’s sec­ond-high­est salary for leg­is­la­tors.

Pen­nlive.com re­ports the 253-seat Gen­eral As­sem­bly will get a 1.34 per­cent in­crease on Dec. 1, rais­ing rank-and-file pay by $1,140 to more than $86,000. Only Cal­i­for­nia state law­mak­ers earn higher salaries.

House and Se­nate leaders’ com­pen­sa­tion will also go up, top­ping out at nearly $135,000 for the House speaker and the Se­nate pres­i­dent pro tem­pore.

Law­mak­ers’ an­nual salaries are in ad­di­tion to un­vouchered per diems, perks, pen­sions and health care — all paid by tax­pay­ers.

Be­cause the in­fla­tion in­dex was at zero last year, there was no pay raise for Penn­syl­va­nia leg­is­la­tors for only the sec­ond time in 21 years.

The 253-seat Gen­eral As­sem­bly will get a 1.34 per­cent in­crease on Dec. 1, rais­ing rank-and-file pay by $1,140 to more than $86,000.

A state law signed in 1995 by then-Gov. Tom Ridge gives leg­is­la­tors au­to­matic

cost-of-liv­ing in­creases un­less the law­mak­ers vote to forgo the pay raises. That has never hap­pened.

The an­nual cost-of-liv­ing in­crease also cov­ers top ex­ec­u­tive branch of­fi­cials and state judges.

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