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No anti-inflation raises for top Pa. officials

For the first time in six years, the top elected and appointed officials in Pennsylvania state government won’t be getting automatic pay raises.

A 1995 law authorizes annual raises for hundreds of office-holders, including judges, legislators and executive branch officials, to offset increases in the cost of living. But the federal government’s Consumer Price Index for the region that includes Pennsylvania declined this year, so there won’t be any raises.

Dan Egan, spokesman for the governor’s Office of Administration, says this is the first time since 2009 that the index did not go up.

Last year, top state officials qualified for a 1.6 percent increase, which translated into raises of more than $3,000 for some of the highest-ranking people.

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