Pennsylvania state officials, lawmakers and judges get big pay raise in 2022 – CBS Pittsburgh
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Inflation is pushing up consumer prices and will lead to sharply higher salaries for Pennsylvania state legislators, judges and top executives in 2022. For many positions , the largest increase in three decades. .
Wages across the board will rise 5.6%, a figure tied by state law to the year-over-year change in the consumer price index released last week by the department. American Labor for Mid-Atlantic Urban Areas.
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This is the largest year-over-year increase since 1991, according to the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The increase applies to more than 1,000 positions, including the governor, Cabinet members, three statewide elected officials, the 253 lawmakers, and state and county judges. It goes into effect on December 1 for lawmakers and January 1 for officials in the judiciary and executive.
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The highest paid of them, the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, will receive a bonus of more than $12,000 to nearly $234,000.
Lawmakers passed legislation to reverse this year’s annual increase, which would have been less than 1%. Next year’s increase, however, is three times the increase state officials received last year. It comes at a time of steady growth in wages for private sector workers.
Federal data through August showed average weekly earnings for all private sector workers in Pennsylvania rose 4.4% year over year to $974.24.
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