Time to earn that pay raise
Perhaps in an effort to reward themselves for passing the state's budget only a week late this year, Pennsylvania lawmakers gave themselves a pay raise Thursday.
Pennsylvania's lawmakers will now be paid more than $81,000. Taxpayers should demand that they earn every penny.
The Associated Press reported that the pay increase passed without debate, by a margin of 119-79 in the House and in the Senate by 27-23.
The increase, the first raise in base pay in 10 years, is a 16 percent pay boost and means that Pennsylvania's state lawmakers will earn the fourth-highest salaries in the 50 states.
The once-in-a-decade part of this raise may be deceiving, because, as AP reported Thursday, lawmakers in the Keystone State get an automatic cost-of-living increase each year, a $7,800-a-year vehicle allowance and up to $129 per day if they live more than 50 miles from the state capital.