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
House Republican Public Relations
Member Site: RepSimmons.com