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Pa. legislature remains second-highest paid in the nation

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

According to the National Conference of State Legislators, Pennsylvania's lawmakers continue to have the second-highest average salary in the nation.

California is first, with an average legislator salary of $90,526, and Pennsylvania's average lawmaker pay is $84,012.

Eric Epstein of the watch group Rock The Capital says Pennsylvania lawmakers didn't get the memo.

"You see other legislatures engaging in shared sacrifice," said Epstein. "You see numerous legislatures in the country that have frozen their pay and several that have reduced their pay."

Epstein says California's salary average dropped $5,000 in the past two years while Pennsylvania's average lawmaker pay increased $4,000 since 2012.

"There is an automatic cost-of-living adjustment that goes into effect every December," Epstein said, "so the bad news is this, that Pennsylvania we will be the highest-paid legislature within three years if the trend continues."

Epstein also says Pennsylvania ranks seventh in the nation for highest per diems.


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