Miller votes to freeze cost-of-living adjustments for public officials

HARRISBURG, May 28 – Noting the economic fallout many families have experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, called his “yes” vote on Tuesday to freeze cost-of-living adjustments for public officials an easy decision.

House Bill 2487, which passed the House unanimously, would amend the Public Official Compensation Law to freeze COLAs for legislators through 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Despite increased federal and state assistance -- and further business re-openings here in western PA in particular -- many families are hurting,” Miller said. “While freezing COLAs is not going to close the budget, it simply is the right thing to do. I hope that this bill becomes law quickly.”

In addition to all legislators, Miller said the measure would also freeze COLAs for the following offices and positions: governor, lieutenant governor, state auditor general, state attorney general, state treasurer, commissioners of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, and heads of state departments.

House Bill 2487 now heads to the state Senate for consideration.