Thursday, November 20, 2008

Where's your raise?

In this struggling economic time, it's nice to know someone's getting some extra cash.

According to the Harrisburg Patriot-News, Pennsylvania lawmakers and state judges are in line for 2.8 percent cost-of-living raises.

Rank and file members of the state House and Senate will see their base pay increase to just over $78,000 starting next month. Members of leadership will get even more.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille's salary is going up to nearly $192,000. The pay for county judges will be about $162,000.

The increases are tied to the regional consumer price index.

The same increases are due for Gov. Ed Rendell and his Cabinet secretaries. The governor says he might suspend them as part of budgetary belt-tightening.

As a taxpayer, are you getting your money's worth from the costliest state legislature in the country?

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