Lawmakers getting another pay raise
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.