HARRISBURG – After PA state legislators earlier this month received an automatic 5.7% pay raise pushing a rank-and-file representative’s or senator’s pay above $95,000 per year, Rep. Brad Roae of Crawford &Erie Counties introduced legislation that would enable lawmakers to opt out of the yearly salary increase. The yearly cost-of-living adjustment is part of a 1995 law which provides the automatic pay hike based on the rate of inflation in Philadelphia, which is the most expensive area in the Commonwealth. Roae said he believes legislators and voters should know on election day what the state legislator will be paid and the salary should remain the same for that term of service. He added his bill at least would give those lawmakers who disagree with the system a way to avoid participating in it. House Bill 2172 has been referred to the House State Government Committee.

REP. BRAD ROAE