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06/23/2024 06:27 AM
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: June 1, 2023 12:56 PM
From: Representative Steven R. Malagari
To: All House members
Subject: Providing a COLA to Municipal Police Officers and Firefighters
 
Municipal police officers and firefighters work tirelessly to keep our communities safe. However, their pensions have failed to keep up with inflation. The last time police officers and firefighters received a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) was in 2002—over two decades ago. In the meantime, prices have risen nearly 70%. This is no way to honor our police officers and firefighters for their service.
 
That is why I plan on introducing legislation to provide a COLA to municipal police officers and firefighters. The monthly COLA is as follows:
 
  • $75 a month, if on January 1, 2024, the retiree has been retired between 5 to 10 years.
     
  • $150 a month, if on January 1, 2024, the retiree has been retired between 10 to 20 years.
     
  • $300 a month, if on January 1, 2024, the retiree has been retired for over 20 years.
 
This is a long overdue measure to ensure our municipal police officers and firefighters get the retirement they deserve after their dedication to our communities. Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation to show that we stand with those who keep our communities safe.



Introduced as HB1379