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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 11, 2020 01:42 PM
From: Representative Melissa L. Shusterman
To: All House members
Subject: Refuse the Cost-of-Living Adjustment
After nearly a year, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about unprecedented and devastating losses in lives and livelihoods across the state of Pennsylvania.  Moreover, revenue streams for the state, our municipalities, small businesses, and individual families continue to take a hit and unemployment remains high.  Hardworking Pennsylvanians are still coping with this yet-to-be eradicated virus and are still struggling to meet their everyday needs.
The tireless people of this great state deserve to know that we, as state lawmakers, understand the hardships they face through this ongoing global pandemic.  We must demonstrate that – amidst a pandemic that has claimed lives and decimated the economy – we continue to place the needs of our residents above ourselves.  For these reasons, I plan to introduce a resolution which urges members of the General Assembly to refuse a cost-of-living adjustment for the next three years or at any time in which unemployment in the state is above 10%.
This is a commonsense, yet profound resolution that will demonstrate we place service above self.  Please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution.  Your consideration is greatly appreciated.