HARRISBURG - Rep. Tim Bonner (R-Mercer/Butler) today announced that he has co-sponsored legislation to freeze Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) for Pennsylvania public officials through 2021 in response to the financial turmoil that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused all Pennsylvania residents.
“I fully support this legislation,” said Bonner. “Our Commonwealth is currently facing a multi-billion-dollar revenue shortfall in this pandemic. We are seeing countless small businesses struggling to stay open, people losing their jobs and families struggling to keep food on the table. If our hard-working Pennsylvania residents are forced to make sacrifices, then public officials should lead by example and realize that this is no time to be taking a raise.”
The freeze would affect the members of the General Assembly, the governor, lieutenant governor, the state treasurer, auditor general, attorney general, the commissioners of the Public Utilities Commission, senior members of the executive branch, and the judiciary.
“The House Republican Caucus recently placed a freeze on hiring and froze the salaries of its employees for at least one year,” continued Bonner. “It only makes sense that we, as public officials, participate in this small sacrifice.”
House Bill 2487
is currently awaiting consideration in the House State Government Committee.
Representative Tim Bonner
8th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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