The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Republican Senator and soon-to-be Lt. Governor Joe Scarnati has called on Pennsylvania lawmakers to give up their 2.8% cost of living salary increase.
Pennsylvania faces a looming $2 billion deficit under the leadership of Democrat Governor Ed Rendell.
The Democrat controlled house has been silent on the issue. There is no indication from Democrat Speaker Keith McCall or Democrat Majority Leader Todd Eachus as to whether or not they will join the call to reject the COLA pay raise as Republican Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati has suggested.