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Meadville District Office
900-920 Water Street
Downtown Mall
Meadville, PA  16335
Phone (814) 336-1136
Hours 8 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (M-F)

Fairview Office (Mondays Only)
Fairview Township Building
7471 McCray Rd., Fairview, PA
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Cranesville Borough Office
10195 John Williams Ave.
Cranesville, PA 16410
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Capitol Office
Hon. Brad Roae
162B East Wing
Harrisburg PA 17120-2006
Phone: (717) 787-2353
Fax: 717-782-2902

E-mail:
  broae@pahousegop.com

Roae Introduces Bill to Freeze State Representatives’ Pay
11/2/2011
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) today introduced a bill to freeze state representatives’ pay by suspending a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) that could bump House members’ salaries up beginning Dec. 1.

“Many teachers and state workers agreed to a one-year pay freeze because of the state budget problems, so I think state representatives should lead by example and do the same thing,” Roae said. “Social Security recipients went for several years without a COLA and the increase they are going to get next year will be offset by the higher Medicare payments retirees have to pay. Many local companies could not afford to give raises to their employees this year. If all of these people have had their incomes frozen, I believe state representatives should also have their incomes frozen.”

State legislators, judges and the governor will all receive a COLA on Dec. 1 due to a 1995 law that mandates the automatic yearly adjustment. The unpopular 2005 pay raise law that was enacted before Roae took office was repealed later that year, but the 1995 COLA law is still in place.

Roae’s House Bill 1952 only deals with state representatives’ COLA for this year. Other legislative proposals to permanently repeal the COLA for all three branches of state government have received very little support in the General Assembly. Another bill has been introduced to enact a one-year freeze for all three branches of state government. Roae hopes the limited scope of his legislation would have a better chance of passing than the other proposals that have been stuck in the Legislature.

“If the bill can make it through the House, the Senate and governor shouldn’t have a problem with it since it does not affect them,” Roae said. “It is the same approach that we took with House Bill 153, which I co-sponsored. That bill would reduce the size of the state House from 203 members to 153, but would not affect the size of the state Senate. It’s hard to get people to vote against their own self interest. The thought is that if we limit the scope of the bill to the House, the other two parties necessary to enact a law – the Senate and the governor – should not object since it doesn’t affect them.”

With the economy slumping, many Pennsylvanians without jobs and families struggling to make ends meet, Roae said now is not the right time for state representatives to accept a higher salary.

“Nearly everyone else in Pennsylvania has had to tighten their belts during these difficult times,” Roae said. “We had a tough state budget last year and this year’s is looking difficult again. Commonwealth residents are being forced to find ways to do more with less money. It would be extremely arrogant for state representatives to accept a pay increase at a time like this.”

State Representative Brad Roae
6th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

RepRoae.com
Contact: Dan Massing 
dmassing@pahousegop.com
717.772.9845
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