Governor-elect Tom Corbett says he won’t take the pay increase for his new job that was recently passed by the state legislature. The Associated Press reports Corbett plans to give the 1.7 percent increase to charity. It’s set to go into effect January 1.
Corbett may be sending a message, but he isn’t the only one to take such a stand. Over the past two years, 130 lawmakers returned nearly 200 thousand dollars to the state treasury. They were likely influenced by the pay raise debacle of ’05 that ousted several lawmakers from office.