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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Repeal Salary Increases?

As of Friday, 89 members of House and 31 members of Senate have either given back their 2.8% pay increase to the Treasury Department or to charity.

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware County, has been paying back $137.18 monthly to the Treasury since December. Even Governor Rendell turned down his $4,764 increase and encouraged cabinet members to do the same.

Rather than pay back an increase, which counts towards pension credits, requiring a vote on pay increases would at least end the ability of the legislature to give themselves a raise.

Eric Epstein explains, "I think the governor and legislators once again demonstrate they don't get it. These guys skip dessert and want to be called a hero."

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