State of­fi­cials to pocket pay raises in 2018

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - FRONT PAGE - BY MARC LEVY

HARRISBURG — The salaries of Penn­syl­va­nia’s 253 state law­mak­ers, more than 1,000 judges and sev­eral dozen top ex­ec­u­tive branch of­fi­cials will rise in 2018.

The in­crease amounts to 0.8 per­cent, a fig­ure tied by state law to the yearover-year change in the con­sumer price in­dex pub­lished by the U.S. Depart­ment of La­bor for ur­ban con­sumers in the mid-At­lantic re­gion.

The bump takes ef­fect Fri­day for law­mak­ers and Jan. 1 for ju­di­cial and ex­ec­u­tive branch of­fi­cials. It is slightly smaller than last year’s in­crease of 1.3 per­cent.

High­est-paid is state Supreme Court Chief Jus­tice Tom Say­lor, a Repub­li­can. His salary will rise by about $1,600 to $213,750, while the other six mem­bers of the high cour t will see a sim­i­lar-sized in­crease to $207,700.

Demo­cratic Gov. Tom Wolf ’s salary will rise about $1,500 to $194,850. His of­fice says he do­nates the money to char­ity.

Most law­mak­ers, al­ready the na­tion’s sec­ond-high­est paid, will see an in­crease of about $700 to al­most $87,200 in base pay. They also re­ceive per diems, while law­mak­ers in lead­er­ship posts will top out at $136,000 for the House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Al­legheny, and Se­nate Pres­i­dent Pro Tem­pore Joe Scar­nati, R-Jef­fer­son.

The four party floor lead­ers will each make $126,300 while cau­cus whips and Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee chair­men will re­ceive al­most $117,000.

County court judges will see in­creases to above $180,000, while judges in larger dis­tricts, such as Philadel­phia and Al­legheny County, will get slightly more.

Lt. Gov. Mike Stack will make al­most $163,700, while the three statewide elected row of­fi­cers—At­tor­ney Gen­eral Josh Shapiro, Trea­surer Joe Torsella and Au­di­tor Gen­eral Eu­gene DePasquale — each will make $162,115.

The salaries for the heads of Wolf ’s 18 cabi­net agen­cies will rise by law.

Salaries will rise to al­most $156,000 for the heads of the seven largest agen­cies, and to just above $140,000 for the head soft he five small­est cabi­net agen­cies.

TOM SAY­LOR

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