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The Pay Raise: 2005-2012

By at July 9, 2012 | 8:40 am | 0 Comment

The Pay Raise: 2005-2012

Rock The Capital released a review of current and former state legislators who accepted an increase in their pay through “unvouchered expenses” and refused to pay the money back. Legislators who refused to return “unvouchered expenses” or donated the unconstitutional income to charities have benefitted through increased wages, “pension bounces” in 2006 and 2008, and […]

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Argall Continues To Abuse Per Diems

By at April 12, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Argall Continues To Abuse Per Diems

RTC Releases Senator’s 2011 Expenses (Harrisburg, PA) – Rock the Capital has tracked David Argall’s “double-dipping” habits as Minority Whip in the House of Representatives, as a member of the Speaker’s Commission Reform and as an incumbent  Senator. Eric Epstein cofounder of the Rock the Capital said, “While most legislators who crafted the pay raise […]

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This Year’s Smarties Awards

By at December 7, 2011 | 11:55 am | 2 Comments

This Year’s Smarties Awards

I admit it – I am a sentimentalist and a sucker for tradition. So, it pains me greatly that budget cuts have forced a hiatus for TV Smart Talk this December which precludes me from hosting the annual Smarties Awards. Given each December, the Smarties recognize the high and low achievements of our elected officials […]

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Bonus Scandal: Statement by Tim Potts, Co-Founder of Democracy Rising

By at July 7, 2011 | 10:47 am | 98 Comments

Good morning. I’m Tim Potts, co-founder of Democracy Rising PA. The leisurely pace of the Bonus Scandal investigation is about to have consequences. Born out of political hubris following the Pay Raise and its repeal in 2005, the Bonus Scandal revealed a deeply entrenched culture of corruption and entitlement within the General Assembly. Those who […]

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Budget 2011, House Republican Talking Points, Interlineated by Democracy Rising

By at July 7, 2011 | 10:42 am | 16 Comments

The House Budget Contained in the 2011-12 State Budget The House of Representatives took an overall reduction of 7.8 percent or $15 million dollars; seven (7) line items were eliminated, and the remaining line items were reorganized to better reflect the actual spending in each area, making it easier for the public to understand how the […]

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Pay Raise: 2005-2011

By at July 7, 2011 | 9:47 am | 1,167 Comments

Pay Raise: 2005-2011

Contents of the Report: Introduction Pensions Footnotes Payjackers convicted of breaking the law or indicted, “presented” or searched by state and/or federal law enforcement agencies Legislative Compensation Packages: July 2005 vs July 2011 Background and Timeline: July 2005 to June 2011 End notes House of Representatives by the Numbers Summary of the Senate Senate by […]

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Legislators Milk Pay Raise – Is Bonusgate Over?

By at July 5, 2011 | 12:41 pm | 85 Comments

(Harrisburg, Pa) – Six years after the infamous late-night pay raise, Democracy Rising and Rock the Capital will discuss the status of Bonusgate, and provide an update on current and former state legislators who accepted an increase in their pay through “unvouchered expenses.” The Report will also include a listing of current pension pay outs […]

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