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 247wallstreet.com, 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 pennlive.com.
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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