Mullery introduces bill to eliminate automatic pay raises for elected officials

HARRISBURG, Dec. 6 – Continuing his efforts to reform Harrisburg and keep elected officials accountable, state Rep. Gerald Mullery has introduced legislation, which would end the perk of annual automatic pay raises.

“Annual pay raises are not guaranteed to many Pennsylvania workers and that should be the same for our General Assembly and other elected leaders,” said Mullery, D-Luzerne. “In these polarized times, eliminating automatic pay raises would be a good step toward restoring the public’s trust in government.”

Under H.B. 2122, the annual cost-of-living adjustment in the Public Official Compensation Law of 1983 would be repealed. This would apply not just to members of the General Assembly, but also to judges throughout the Commonwealth, the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer, auditor general, and agency heads in Pennsylvania’s executive branch. 

“Pennsylvania’s minimum wage has not increased since 2007 and wages have remained stagnant, yet our elected officials receive these annual raises automatically. It is an insult to the thousands of hardworking Pennsylvanians who are not afforded this same entitlement.”

The bill has been referred to the House State Government Committee for consideration.