Pennsylvania transparency legislation

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This is a Sunshine Review page which highlighted transparency legislation proposed in Pennsylvania.


Legislative Cost Reduction Package includes House Bill's 1056, 1057, 1058, 1059, and 1061 was introduced on March 24th, 2009 by PA State Representative Schroder.

  • Pennsylvania House Bill 1056 would essentially return Pennsylvania back to a part-time legislature, saving taxpayers $12.8 million.
  • Pennsylvania House Bill 1057 would achieve additional savings through the elimination of cost of living increases, meritorious raises or other salary increases for members of the General Assembly. Reprsentative Schroder says the wage freeze would save the state as much as $3.5 million this year alone.
  • Pennsylvania House Bill 1058 would annually transfer unspent or uncommitted funding contained in legislative accounts to the state Treasury. These accounts currently contain surpluses of about $200 million.
  • Pennsylvania House Bill 1059 would eliminate discretionary grants, also known as walking around money or WAMs. It is estimated this move would save taxpayers up to $600 million annually.
  • Pennsylvania House Bill 1061 would change the pension system for state legislators who take office after Dec. 1, 2010, to a defined contribution plan. This investment plan would be structured to provide cost savings over the long term for lawmakers.

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