November 29, 2010 — Senator Larry Farnese will not keep the automatic 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment that goes into effect Wednesday December 1, 2010.

“Given today’s economy, I don’t think this is the right time for a salary increase,” said Senator Farnese. “Many people are out of work, retirees have gone two years without a cost-of-living increase, and Pennsylvania is facing a projected $4 billion to $5 billion budget deficit next year.”

Senator Farnese will return the pay increase to the State Treasurer as he did in 2008. Lawmakers did not receive a cost-of-living increase last year.

“I think it’s only right to return this pay raise to the taxpayers,” said Senator Farnese.


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