|Posted:||April 29, 2020 12:44 PM|
|From:||Representative Scott Conklin|
|To:||All House members|
|Belt tightening and shared sacrifice are buzzwords some public officials typically use during difficult financial times. While the Commonwealth has faced some challenging budgets, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our economy will have a long-term effect that is going to require tough decisions. That is why I am proposing suspending cost-of-living adjustments for administration officials and Members of the General Assembly for at least three years to offset some of the Commonwealth’s revenue losses.
Current estimates project a roughly $4 billion shortfall in revenues heading into fiscal year 2020-21. It is very clear that every penny the Commonwealth can find is needed to fund necessary programs and provide essential services. With so many people experiencing a loss of income, it would be unconscionable to ask their assistance in these trying times. As elected officials, we need to do our part and make a sacrifice so that no additional financial burden is placed on already cash-strapped Pennsylvanians.
Remember, we are all in this together. So many of our constituents have had to make hard decisions over the past few months. It’s time we make the easy choice to suspend cost-of living adjustments for administration officials and Members of the General Assembly. Join me in making this a reality.