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  • Pay-raise backlash rattling Capitol

    11/10/2005 3:45:19 AM PST · by grjr21 · 14 replies · 1,007+ views
    The philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Thu, Nov. 10, 2005 | Mario F. Cattabiani and Angela Couloumbis
    In the beginning, experts gave it a week. Two, tops. Now, a state Supreme Court justice finds himself out of a job, and other incumbents in Harrisburg are left sweating over their political futures because of what pundits are calling a "populist insurrection." The anti-pay-raise movement that many had dismissed early on as a passing thunderstorm is developing into a Category 5 hurricane that threatens to uproot incumbents across the state next year. "Rome is burning, and the empire is crumbling," said State Rep. Thomas C. Petrone (D., Allegheny), who took the raise but later donated it to charities, including...
  • Photo Has Pa. Pay Raise Opponents Snickering

    10/15/2005 5:20:29 AM PDT · by grjr21 · 39 replies · 2,220+ views
    KYW Newsradio ^ | Saturday, October 15, 2005 | Tony Romeo
    As the controversy over a pay raise for Pennsylvania lawmakers continues, a public relations event at a Pittsburgh elementary school this week turned out worse than state House speaker John Perzel of Philadelphia could have pictured -- literally. At the school event, Speaker Perzel again tangled with reporters over the pay raise (see related story) -- prompting a blistering editorial in Friday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette saying the speaker’s “arrogance was on full display.” But to make matters worse, says Prof. Terry Madonna, political analyst and pollster at Franklin and Marshall College, a photograph (above right) published by another Pittsburgh newspaper, the...
  • 1,500 rally in Harrisburg against pay raise

    09/26/2005 1:07:44 PM PDT · by pittsburgh gop guy · 12 replies · 664+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Afternoon - Monday, September 26, 2005 | Tom Barnes
    About 1,500 protesters stood in a steady rain on the steps of the state Capitol this afternoon to demand that the legislators huddled inside repeal the 16 to 34 percent pay raise they approved for themselves in July. "We are revolting against the opulent lifestyle these people have given themselves with our money,'' Harrisburg radio talk show host Bob Durgin thundered. "Do you want to repeal the raise? Do you want to get rid of legislators' car leases? Are you angry?" he asked the crowd, which boomed back "YES!" to each question. Other speakers took to the microphone and got...
  • Another pay hike coming in 2006 | With poll (PA legislators)

    08/17/2005 4:58:31 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 12 replies · 691+ views
    Times Leader ^ | 8/17/2005 | BRETT MARCY
    HARRISBURG – Fresh off self-approved raises ranging from 16 percent to 34 percent, state lawmakers won’t have to wait too long before their pay goes up again. Starting Dec. 1, 2006, all members of the General Assembly will be in line for the same percentage pay increase as members of Congress receive, or a cost of living adjustment based on the Consumer Price Index for Philadelphia – whichever is greater. “Nobody said these guys were stupid,” said Matthew J. Brouillette, president of The Commonwealth Foundation, a fiscally conservative think tank based in Harrisburg. “They certainly designed this so that they...