From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Our ace intern Evan Trowbridge filed this report from an event this morning in the Capitol on the anniversary of the 2005 pay raise:
Five years after state legislators passed their own pay raise in the early hours of the morning, reform leaders honored its anniversary with sharp criticism and two giant inflatable pigs.
Citing last week’s budget negotiations, when legislators voted to suspend the rules in order to pass a spending bill on time, reformers questioned whether the post-2005 pay raise message has sunk in.
The rules were put in place to guard against abuses of power, and the fact that the General Assembly was able to lift them last week exemplified that current safeguards are insufficient, the speakers said.
“This budget was a collective middle finger to the reform eyeball of every Pennsylvanian,” said Eric Epstein of RocktheCapital.org. “Reform has come to mean nothing … It’s an empty promise.”
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