Pennsylvania Legislative Salaries Hit $90,300 Not Including Benefits

Pennsylvania Legislative Salaries Hit $90,300 (and this doesn’t include benefits).

By Leo Knepper

As of Dec. 1, the base salary for Pennsylvania lawmakers will increase to $90,300 per year. This pay raise comes as the result of an annual cost-of-living-increase (COLA) they receive automatically. The higher salary will be on top of any per diems, health insurance, etc. that lawmakers are eligible to receive.  

As an aside, lawmakers pay only one percent per year of their salary for health benefits. In other words, their annual premium is roughly $900 for health insurance that is second to none. There are many taxpayers whose monthly insurance bill exceeds that amount.

The $90,300 salary is the minimum for members of the General Assembly. As noted by the Associated Press:

“Lawmakers in leadership posts will top out at $141,000 for House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson. The four caucus floor leaders in the House and Senate will each make almost 130,900 while the four caucus whips and the four Appropriations Committee chairs will receive $121,100.”

The salary differences between rank and file members and “leadership” are especially noteworthy. It presents another clear example of how our beloved judicial branch ignores the plain text of the Pennsylvania Constitution. According to Article II, Section 8, “The members of the General Assembly shall receive such salary and mileage for regular and special sessions as shall be fixed by law, and no other compensation whatever, whether for service upon committee or otherwise.” (Emphasis added)

Members of the General Assembly aren’t the only ones who will benefit from taxpayers’ forced generosity in the new year. When January rolls around, members of the executive branch will also see an increase in their pay. Governor Wolf’s salary will increase to over $200,000 per year. The Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Tom Saylor, will make over $220,000 per year.

Many lawmakers will, if they haven’t already, make a show of donating their salary increase to a charity. It is a standard public relations move on their part, and has become as regular as the leaves changing colors. However, despite their righteous indignation, there is never any real interest in eliminating the automatic COLA by changing the law. Finally, for any lawmakers in the defined benefit pension plan, the higher annual salary, regardless of charitable contributions, will be used to calculate their pension benefits upon retirement.

Unlike members of the General Assembly, CAP can’t force anyone to pay for projects we want to undertake. Next year is going to be incredibly busy for us. If you value what CAP does and would like to help us continue holding Harrisburg accountable, please consider making a financial contribution to our efforts.

Pennsylvania Legislative Salaries Hit $90,300 (And This Doesn’t Include Benefits)
Pennsylvania Legislative Salaries Hit $90,300 (and this doesn't include benefits).

Dark Art of Framing From Prager U

PragerU has a great video — The Dark Art of Framing — that explains why many believe lies about our society told by very bad people and how these very bad people convince those many to believe those lies.

Check it out here: https://www.prageru.com/video/the-dark-art-of-framing/

Dark Art of Framing
PragerU has a great video -- The Dark Art of Framing -- that explains why many believe lies about our society told by very bad people and how these very bad people convince those many to believe those lies.

Obama Caged Children

Obama Caged Children — A reader sent us this link to a New York Post story describing how the United Nations condemned the USA for its caging of children at the border. Over 100,000 were trapped in detention centers the UN raged.

It was in 2015.

Barack Obama was president.

Thank you, Matthew.

By the way, the Post story notes that most of establishment media scrubbed the 2015 stories critical of our last president.

Obama Caged Children
Obama Caged Children

AOC Banning Eric Swalwell?

AOC Banning Eric Swalwell? -- The question of the day is when Congesswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY14)
AOC helping kill cows now!!

AOC Banning Eric Swalwell? — The question of the day is when will Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY14) introduce legislation to ban Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA15) and save the world from being destroyed in 12 years.

Below is video of the vile Swalwell destroying the world. Please, think of the children. Stop this man now!!

AOC Banning Swalwell?

Impeachment Shows Fear Desperation

Impeachment Shows Fear Desperation — Fear is the only explanation we can imagine for the Democrat Party’s bizarre attempt to impeach President Trump.

Did the President break the law by using 9/11 icon and famed mob fighter Rudy Giuliani to communicate with other nations? FDR didn’t when he bypassed career diplomats and used Harry Hopkins, so no.

Impeachment Shows Fear Desperation
Adam Schiff, Ed Buck and Eric C. Bauman

Did he break the law by asking the Ukrainians to investigate the Biden crime family’s corruption in that country? How can someone charged with enforcing the law — that would be the President — break the law by investigating lawbreaking and corruption? He can’t.

Was it a Prime Directive thing in which he interfered with the development of the Planet of Ukraine? Leaving aside that the Prime Directive is not US law, he didn’t do that as per the transcript of his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Anyway, former Vice President Joe Biden boasted about doing exactly that and has yet to be charged.

Keep at it Rudy.

So if President Trump has been diligently doing the tasks to which the Constitution obliges and did not commit any high crimes and misdemeanors, why are the Democrats trying to impeach him? Why not merely vote him out next year as has traditionally been done by opposing parties especially when the incumbent is unpopular as they allege?

Why are the Deep State bureaucrats swarming out of hiding to help the Democrarts? Why has the establishment media taken off its false mask of objectivity and joined in?

Can you say fear? Desperation? They are the only things that make sense.

U.S. Attorney John Henry Durham and Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz are expected at any moment to release damning reports that will lead to criminal charges against high ranking Obama Administration personnel. Some think those indicted may include Obama’s FBI Director James Comey and CIA Director John Brennan.

Could it go even further? Bill? Hillary? Members of the media? Members of Congress? Is that why Adam Schiff seems afraid?

Will it go beyond violations of law enforcement standards, false swearing and wiretapping? Could it include treason? Murder?

Why was Attorney General William Barr recently in Italy? Why was Joseph Mifsud reported to have been kidnapped in that country in 2017?

Did you see what Paul Gosar (R-AZ) spelled out in tweets yesterday? Maybe today he can spell out “His name was Seth Rich.”

You explain the logic of these hearings.

Why the panic?

Impeachment Shows Fear Desperation

Marti Oakley Features Montco Woman

Marti Oakley Features Montco Woman — Elaine Mickman of Lower Merion has appeared twice over the last few months on Marti Oakley’s Minnesota-based radio show.

Marti is a world-wide advocate for the elderly who have been taken advantage of by “guardians, and fights injustices by probate systems and courts in general.

She airs on the TS Radio Network and her shows are archived on the web.

Montgomery County, Pa is one of her favorite topics with a whole category labeled “Ottholes” in honor of Stanley Ott, who was Montco’s Administrative Judge of the Orphans’ Court Division until his retirement last year .

Elaine says Montco falsely credited her ex-husband for $550,000 he never paid relating to child support regarding their divorce, and never required proof of income from him at child support hearings. She says the county is trying to make her autistic son — now an adult at 18 years of age — pay it back.

It’s easy to dismiss the grievances of a woman — or man for that matter — regarding a divorce. We don’t though because we find it far easier to believe corruption and greed are rampant in Philadelphia suburban government. See here and here.

Anyway, here are link’s to Elaine’s appearances on Marti’s show:

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/marti-oakley/2019/09/07/ts-radio-network-coz-marti-pa-ottholes-the-attack-on-kathleen-kane

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/marti-oakley/2019/08/17/ts-radio-network-coz-marti-in-the-mixupdates-news

She appears at about the 18:40 and 47 minute marks respectively.

Marti Oakley Features Montco Woman
Marti Oakley Features Montco Woman

Jeffrey Epstein Red Pill For Soccer Moms

Jeffrey Epstein Red Pill For Soccer Moms — Those who depend on daytime big media programming for their news might not be aware of the blow-up regarding the death of Jeffrey Epstein, the pedo pimp to the powerful.

Jeffrey Epstein Red Pill For Soccer Moms
Red pill for soccer moms

Epstein died Aug. 10. He had been arrested by the FBI on July 6 after landing at Teterboro Airport on his private jet. He was charged with trafficking minors for sex and incarcerated at the high security Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City.

He was found dead in his cell on Aug. 10. Despite doubts by preliminary medical examiners, Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson ruled it a suicide by hanging.

Noted forensic pathologist Michael Baden, who had been hired by Epstein’s brother to observe the autopsy, publicly disputed the finding, last week. He said the injuries suffered by Epstein were rarely found in suicides but often found in murder by strangulation. He pointed out that two guards falling asleep at the same time while three surveillance cameras failed to function, is not a believable coincidence.

On Monday, James O’Keefe released video of ABC anchor Amy Robach describing how bigwigs at her network squelch a three-year-investigation into Epstein adding: Do I think he(Epstein) was killed? 100% I do…He made his whole living blackmailing people. There were a lot of men on those planes. A lot of men who visited that island. A lot of powerful men who came into that apartment.

There have been memes and joke about how Epstein was not a suicide. They merely just cover up the twisted, almost unimaginable horror. Understand that if Epstein is not a suicide — and its hard to believe he was — those behind his murder would need the power to silence two guards, disable three cameras and compel the New York City Chief Medical Examiner to join in the cover up.

Ponder that for a moment and enjoy the red pill.

Donald Trump — who has long been Epstein’s enemy — is not being opposed because he is dirty. He is being opposed because he is not. Sick and evil people control how you get your information O watchers of daytime TV.

Fools Tools Racist Democrats, Vote Straight R

Fools Tools Racist Democrats, Vote Straight R — Richard King, who is the husband of Pennsylvania Superior Court Republican candidate Megan King, has informed us that the Democrats have resorted to the last weapon in their arsenal — the race card.

Fools Tools Racist Democrats
Vote For Megan King

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party, on its website, accuses Mrs. King and her running mate Christylee Peck of supporting the “the white supremacist ideology” –an irony we will describe in a bit –and being pro gun and “anti-women”. Anti-women? Don’t ask, it’s not supposed to make sense.

It seems, though, that it is the side that doesn’t want women to have guns to defend themselves against 6 foot 2 thugs intent on hurting them that should be the considered the anti-women side. We guess you can’t overdose on irony. See below.

Richard tells us that Megan’s father is a proud Irish American who served in the Peace Corps in Nigeria. Megan taught Sunday School and is the farthest thing in the world from a “white supremacist”. We agree. She’s not a white supremacist or a supporter of white supremacists. We will describe the real, literal supporter of white supremacists below.

Richard also noted that the George Soros’ money is letting the Dems outspend Republicans three to one in the southeast part of the state.

Richard knows we opposed Megan in the primary but fear not, we are voting for her and every other Republican on Nov. 5.

Now, regarding the supporter of white supremacists who holds an important post in Pennsylvania’s government. One of the vilest blights in Pennsylvania’s history was the York Race Riots of 1969. Lilly Belle Allen was in a car with her parents and her sister Hattie Dickinson looking for a grocery store. Hattie turned on North Newberry Street. She saw a young white man with a rifle. She started to turn the car around but it stalled at the intersection of Gay Avenue. More young white men with guns appeared. Hattie panicked. Her parents, in the back seat, started praying. Lilly Belle jumped out of the car to get to the drivers seat. “Don’t shoot,” she shouted. The men opened fire killing her.

Nobody was arrested. Nobody was charged. The crime went unsolved until the York Dispatch and York Daily Record wrote about the anniversary of the riots in 1999.

Interest was renewed. Investigators found that three of the members of a white gang known as the Newberry Street Boys committed suicide over the years. Another, suffering from terminal cancer, told investigators what he knew before he died.

Police were eventually led to the home of Donald Altland, who admitted nothing. He confessed to his wife that night though. The next day he drove his truck to the Susquehanna River and shot himself leaving a taped confession and and a message scrawled on a napkin, “Forgive Me, God.”

Police had a enough to file charges against several former members of the gang. One of them described how a police officer had passed out rifle ammunition and directed the youths “to kill as many n*****s as you can.”

Fools Tools Racist Democrats, Vote Straight R
Literally supports white supremacists

That officer was identified as Charlie Robertson. Robertson, a Democrat, would go on to become York’s mayor. His campaign manager? Future Governor Tom Wolf.

Yeah Pennsylvania Democrat Party, put that in your racist, hypocritical pipe and smoke it.

Superior Court is the intermediate appellate court for most matters in the state. Terms are for 10 years.

Only fools, tools and racists are Democrats. Vote straight R.

Fools Tools Racist Democrats, Vote Straight R

Bukovsky Exposed US Media In Suppressed Book

Bukovsky Exposed US Media In Suppressed Book — Of course you’ve never heard of Vladimir Bukovsky. He was a Soviet dissident who spent 12 years in that nation’s psychiatric hospitals, prisons and labor camps for the crimes of speaking truth and desiring freedom.

His book Judgment in Moscow: Soviet Crimes and Western Complicity was published in France in 1995. It was a searing indictment of the collusion between American media outlets and the tyrannical Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Our major media companies actually entered agreements to publish articles and cover media events under the direct editorial control of the Soviets.

Bukovsky’s expose was only published in the U.S. this year by an independent.

Out media (and academia and public education and entertainment) is corrupt. They are content with tyranny if they think they are going to be with the in-crowd holding the whip.

And Millennials, remember the name of the tyranny was Union of Soviet SOCIALIST Republics. Note the SOCIALIST part.

Socialism is very, very bad.

Bukovsky Exposed US Media In Suppressed Book
Bukovsky Exposed US Media In Suppressed Book -- Of course you've never heard of Vladimir Bukovsky. He was a Soviet dissident who spent 12 years in
How a Soviet memorial was treated in Bulgaria when it became safe to do so.

Wolf Executive Action Crushing Pa. Economy

Wolf Executive Action Crushing Pa. Economy

By Gregory R. Wrightstone

Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf’s executive action to impose a Cap and Trade system on carbon dioxide emissions is easily his most harmful act in his two terms as chief executive of the state. As one of the most liberal governors in the nation, his progressive impulses have, until now, been constrained by a GOP-controlled House and Senate. His move to bring the Keystone State into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and impose a costly and economically crippling carbon trading system is an attempted end-run around the GOP to implement a tax without legislative approval.

Wolf Executive Action
But he gets to keep his lifestyle.

On Oct. 3, Wolf signed an executive order that began the process of adding Pennsylvania to a group of northeastern states that constitute what has been called the “first mandatory market-based program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” It is now up to the Department of Environmental Protection to draft the proposed regulation and then go through possibly two years of a legislative comment period. According to news reports, the legislature does not have veto power, although we expect to hear disagreement on that point.

In short, the program would establish a market through which electricity providers purchase “emission allowances” to offset their CO2 emissions. The current market rate for purchasing these carbon offsets is $5.20 per ton of CO2 emitted. According to the most recent statewide data (2016) from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) these energy providers emitted 82 million metric tons which would have generated about $400 million in revenues.

The overall goal of the plan is to make electricity derived from fossil fuels more expensive and, hence, renewable energy more competitive.

According to the RGGI, the state would “invest” the money generated into “energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other consumer-benefit programs.” That would likely include subsidies for wind and solar projects, home and office weatherizing and expansion of public transportation programs in the state’s largest urban areas to name a few beneficiaries.

That nearly half-billion dollars in costs would not be absorbed by the power generators but would be passed on to consumers in the form of increased energy costs. Not only would this make Pennsylvania a more expensive place to live, it would render the state less competitive for energy intensive businesses compared to neighboring Ohio and West Virginia and other locales that have no plans for artificially inflating electricity costs.

A review of the effects of the RGGI last year revealed that member states saw a 12 percent drop in goods production and a 34 percent drop in production of energy-intensive goods. This is likely attributable to a 64 percent increase in electricity prices in RGGI states between 2007-2015.

Additionally, according to the study, the cost of wind and solar power has averaged two to three times the megawatt-hour rate as compared to existing conventional fuel sources. Any increase of renewable energy supplies would necessarily further the price increases to consumers.

An important but overlooked factor in the decision-making process for the state is just how much or how little effect a reduction in the state’s CO2 emissions would have on future temperature changes. The overarching goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions is to lower the future temperature of the Earth, so how much temperature rise would be averted by eliminating all of Pennsylvania’s CO2 emissions from coal and natural gas-fired sources? Using the calculations for predicting warming from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, if 100 percent of the state’s electricity generation emissions were eliminated, only 0.001 degree Fahrenheit in warming would be averted by the year 2050. This difference is well below our ability to measure global temperature.

This extremely small — and immeasurable — effect should not be overlooked in discussions of whether to impose the significant burdens of Governor Wolf’s proposal on the state and its citizens. How many lost jobs is a reduction in temperature measured in thousandths of a degree worth?

In short, the governor would infringe on the freedoms of people and make them significantly poorer for virtually no advancement of his stated intention to avert global warming. The legislature, the business community and all right-thinking citizens should stand against his economically crippling proposal.

Mr. Wrightstone is the author of Inconvenient Facts: The science Al Gore doesn’t want you to know

Wolf Executive Action Crushing Pa. Economy