More Fallout from Pennsylvania

Lawmakers are really feeling the heat over the recent MASSIVE raises that they voted for themselves:

State Rep. Nicholas Micozzie, chairman of the House Insurance Committee, and state Sen. Dominic Pileggi, chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, have waived their right to receive immediate salary increases, joining six other state lawmakers who represent portions of the county.

“I’m not in public service for personal gain,” said Pileggi, R-9, of Chester, who last week informed the chief clerk of the Senate of his decision to forgo the money until his next term begins in 2009—if he is re-elected.

Micozzie, R-163, of Upper Darby, did the same last week, but criticized the way the issue has been framed by the press.

“Forget about guys like us, I got scars going all the way back to 1979. It’s the family, the kids. The Micozzie name is well known in the area and you make us look like a bunch of crooks,” he said Tuesday, after sending a letter to the Daily Times announcing his decision.

Maybe they look like a bunch of crooks because they are a bunch of crooks?

The Young Conservatives of Pennsylvania have launched www.InformedPA.com, which was greeting visitors Tuesday evening with a picture of House Minority Leader H. William DeWeese next to his $134,772 salary and the tagline, “Bigger pay for bigger government.”

And the Libertarian Party has gotten into things with their own proposal:

The Delaware County Libertarian Party, meanwhile, floated a novel idea at its meeting this week, according to Mike Slye, secretary of the organization.

“My basic idea,” Slye said, “is when a candidate files to run for office, they state the salary they will work for if elected, with a maximum being (that) salary and a minimum of zero, and if they get elected, that’s exactly what they’ll be paid. Make the information publicly available, maybe even print it on the ballot.”

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