It didn’t take long for the outrage to set in. The announcement that former Pennsylvania State Senator Bob Mellow would receive his $245,000 yearly pension (plus $1.3 million in backpay) unleashed a firestorm of social media posts, calls, and emails from the public.
In the latest episode of the ABC27 Investigators’ podcast, On Deadline, Amanda St. Hilaire, Dennis Owens, and Kendra Nichols look at the loopholes allowing lawmakers who admit to crimes to hold onto their taxpayer-funded jobs and pensions. They also discuss unregulated addiction recovery houses in Pennsylvania and a push to change the system in the midst of an opioid epidemic.
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Below are links and references from this week’s episode:
- $245,000 yearly pension plus $1.3 million more for convicted lawmaker
- Lawmaker charged with bribery three years ago still hasn’t gone to court, working at Capitol. Why?
- Pa. does not regulate addiction recovery houses, and lawmakers say that’s hurting the fight against the opioid epidemic
- ‘We felt really powerless’: Drivers say police favoritism lets business cash in on crashes