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Cost Of Living Pay Raises Begin For Pa. Officials

HARRISBURG (CBS) – The state capitol continues to roil over an automatic cost-of-living pay raise that elected officials and judges are getting as of today.

There was no inflation-related pay hike for elected officials and judges last year. But it was announced last week that this year, those folks are in line for a pay increase of almost two percent, and the reverberations are still being felt this week.

Yesterday, auditor general Jack Wagner called for a moratorium:

“You have every senior in Pennsylvania that collects Social Security — they don’t get an increase, and they turn around, they look at Harrisburg, and they look at the judicial system, and they see a 1.7 percent cost of living adjustment. That’s wrong. It’s wrong at this time.”

Wagner says a moratorium would save $3 million dollars the first year but admits that its greatest value would be the symbolism. He’ll return his increase. Governor-elect Tom Corbett says he’ll donate his to charity but stopped short of saying he’d seek a moratorium.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio

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  • Pat

    Extensions for unemployment benefits have been taken away and these officials get a raise. Doesn’t this seem lopsided? What a slap in the face to those who need the help!

  • Maryanne

    didnt they just announce lst week officers havent been getting PAID because they dont have they money ?? Sounds fishy to me. If they are donating the money, Give the money to the Officers.

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  • Ruth

    We live in Blair County. Our representatives are not accepting the pay raise.

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