Moul Wants to Suspend Raises for State Office Holders

Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin) is reintroducing legislation to suspend automatic pay raises for state office holders for two years.  Moul’s bill amends the Public Official Compensation Law to suspend cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for Pennsylvania judges, executive branch employees and members of the General Assembly. 

“In his budget address, Governor Tom Corbett outlined some tough cost-saving measures aimed at addressing the state’s $4 billion budget deficit,” said Moul.  “Corbett is proposing a one-year wage freeze for Pennsylvania teachers and extending the two-year pay freeze for state employees for yet another year.  During this period of economic and budgetary difficulty when our teachers, state employees and so many others throughout the Commonwealth are being asked to sacrifice, I don’t see how we can accept an automatic wage increase.  Tough times call for shared sacrifice. 

“Last year when the COLAs were reinstated, many members of the General Assembly returned the money to the state Treasury or donated it to charity because there was no mechanism in place that enabled them to reject the increase,” said Moul.  “My bill would put cost-of-living increases on hold for two years, enabling members of the judiciary, the executive branch and both houses of the state Legislature to share the pain.  Perhaps then we can work toward a resolution to our state budget crisis and have the clarity necessary to adopt some commonsense reforms for the good of all Pennsylvanians. 

“I met with Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley recently to discuss the Corbett budget,” said Moul.  “He told me the administration would welcome a freeze on COLAs as outlined in my bill and suggested that if my legislation reached his desk, the governor would sign it.” 

Moul introduced a COLA freeze bill in the last legislative session, but the measure never came up for a vote.   

State Representative Dan Moul
91st District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Donna Pinkham     

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