Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Did You Know There Are PA Legislators Who Refused Pay Until Budget Is Done?

Tomorrow will mark the fourth monthly paycheck passed up by midstate lawmakers who want a budget before collecting their pay.

Midstate lawmakers are in the minority for refusing pay until budget is done
By JAN MURPHY, The Patriot-News

Among those on a pay fast are: Sen. Pat Vance, R-Cumberland County; and Reps. Glen Grell, R-Hampden Township; Sheryl Delozier, R-Lower Allen Township; RoseMarie Swanger, R-North Lebanon Township; Mauree Gingrich, R-Cleona; and Rob Kauffman, R-Chambersburg.

Lawmakers’ paychecks stopped on July 1 until the “bridge” budget was passed in August and restored the pay of state workers. At that point or shortly thereafter, the legislative caucuses began paying their members.

But several dozen House members, mostly Republicans, have refused to accept their pay.

In the Senate, the chief clerk’s office said Vance was the only one to refuse her pay.

Several, including Delozier, Helm, Grell, Gingrich and Swanger, indicated at the time that it was their intent to hold off taking a paycheck until the budget was finalized.

Rank-and-file lawmakers are paid $78,312 annually, or $6,526 a month before taxes. Legislative leaders make more.

Here are three comments posted to that article:


This state's government is one of the most corrupt and incompetent bodies in the country. It is BLOATED, SELF-OBSESSED and OUT OF CONTROL.

Sorry for shouting but this is stupidity at work and being paid for by our tax dollars

I agree with you 100 percent. Its time to clean house in Harrisburg. No body cares its all about them and their greed. What about these people who need help and are not getting it. When is this going to end.

I applaud the integrity of this handful of Pennsylvania legislators. I wish them well in surviving the tsunami of public backlash over this budget fiasco.

The winds of a drastic shift are blowing. The choice is not D or R. The choice is ethics, integrity, honesty and hard working or corrupt, self serving. out of touch legislators.

Which will you chose? I am firing all of mine.

Next year's electioneering will be riddled with accolades to convince the public of the great job legislators are doing. Where you aware that as of the end of March this year not one single bill was passed and signed by the Governor? Here's the link to the information.

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