PA lawmakers banking on automatic pay raise

The number of millionaires in Pennsylvania jumped 30 percent between 2013 and 2017, and Montco leads the state with 2,982 millionaires. (MONTCO.Today file photo)

The pension crisis is still a crisis, the state is still in debt, we have some of the worst roads in the country, according to, but hey, raises all around!

Starting on Dec. 1, Pennsylvania lawmakers – the second-highest paid in the nation – will see their paychecks grow with a raise of 1.6 percent, boosting the base salary that most legislators get paid to $88,610, writes Jan Murphy for

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It means rank-and-file lawmakers will get an annual raise of $1,430. Currently, the base pay for lawmakers is $87,180.

The presiding officers of the House and Senate and caucus leaders will earn higher salaries, which increase by the same percentage as rank-and-file members.

The highest salaries are paid to the House Speaker and President Pro Tempore, who will be elected in January, and their pay rate is set at $138,327. Caucus officers will earn salaries between $101,040 and $128,385.

A state law provides automatic cost-of-living adjustments for the members of the Legislature, top executive branch officials and state judges based on the year-over-year percentage change in the U.S. Department of Labor-determined Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers for Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

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