By: Don Shaw email: don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com (570) 543-2961

PA House votes to freeze pay across state government

PA House votes to freeze pay across state government

Harrisburg, PA

At a time when millions of Pennsylvania residents are out of work, the House advanced a bill today that would freeze pay for members of the General Assembly and other officials throughout all branches of state government.

“Our members hear stories every single day from constituents making sacrifices to save their businesses, keep paying their mortgages and continue putting food on their tables,” House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) said. “It’s common sense that public servants, funded by taxpayer dollars, should receive no raise this year.”

Freezing annual cost-of-living adjustments for members of the General Assembly requires legislative action. House Bill 2487, authored by Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon), would do just that, as well as freeze increases for senior members of the executive branch and the judiciary.

The House Republican Caucus recently placed a pay and hiring freeze on all staff.

“Our members are working on a temporary budget that reflects the current challenges facing our Commonwealth, and all our residents. This measure is an important step in practicing what we preach when it comes to being appropriate stewards of taxpayer dollars,” Cutler said.

The bill advances to the Senate for further consideration.