2nd bill would withhold pay, per diems for lawmakers until budget passed

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A second Pennsylvania representative has introduced legislation to stop lawmakers from getting paid when the state budget is overdue.

Rep. Daniel McNeill (D-Lehigh) said his measure, House Bill 1976, would withhold pay and per diems for lawmakers until a budget is passed, and there would be no paychecks to the governor, lieutenant governor, and the governor’s cabinet officers.

Salaries and per diems would be restored and reimbursed once a budget is passed.

Staffers would continue to receive pay.

McNeill said removing salaries during an impasse would lead to more meaningful negotiations and genuine compromise. He said it would remind lawmakers “who really pays the bills and who we truly work for.”

A similar proposal, House Bill 1972, would suspend the salaries of senators, representatives, and the governor if the budget is not completed by June 30 each year.

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