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District Offices
21 N. Main Street, Unit 9
Coopersburg, PA 18036

Phone: (610) 282-0160
Fax: (610) 282-3955

191 Main St., Suite 104
Emmaus, PA 18049
Phone: (610) 965-5830
Fax: (610) 282-3955

56 W. Fourth St., 2nd Floor
Red Hill Borough Building
Red Hill, PA 18076
Phone: (215) 679-3152
Fax: (215) 679-3155
Capitol Office
5 East Wing
PO Box 202131
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2131
Phone: (717) 783-1673
Fax: (717) 705-7012
Simmons to Return COLA

Rep. - elect Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Northampton) issued the following statement today regarding the state law-mandated cost of living adjustment (COLA) that state officials are set to receive:


“State law requires state officials receive an automatic cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, in the amount of 1.67 percent this year. I, for one, will not be keeping this COLA. Instead, I will return it to the state treasury.


“Our Commonwealth will likely face a multi-billion dollar deficit in the upcoming fiscal year. State officials should not be receiving a COLA. We must also look for ways to eliminate wasteful spending. We have asked our citizens and small businesses to do more with less during this current economic crisis. I feel state officials must lead by example and do the same. Not accepting this COLA is the right thing to do.


“In addition, I feel we need legislation that would freeze COLAs for state officials until our Commonwealth experiences a financial surplus. According to Auditor General Jack Wagner, rescinding the COLA for state officials would save hard-working Pennsylvania taxpayers $2.7 million this year alone. I plan to fight hard to make this legislation a reality.”


Rep. Justin Simmons

131st Legislative District

Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact:  Joseph Pistorio

(717) 787-2932

House Republican Public Relations

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