Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware County, has been paying back $137.18 monthly to the Treasury since December. Even Governor Rendell turned down his $4,764 increase and encouraged cabinet members to do the same.
Rather than pay back an increase, which counts towards pension credits, requiring a vote on pay increases would at least end the ability of the legislature to give themselves a raise.
Eric Epstein explains, “I think the governor and legislators once again demonstrate they don’t get it. These guys skip dessert and want to be called a hero.”