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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 14-2704


Statutory Cost of Living Increases for Salaries of State Officials and the Heads of Departments, Boards and Commissions

[44 Pa.B. 8068]
[Saturday, December 27, 2014]

 Section 3(e) of the Public Official Compensation Act, the act of September 30, 1983 (P. L. 160, No. 39) as amended by Section 2 of the act of October 19, 1995 (P. L. 324, No. 51) mandates that the salaries of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Treasurer, Auditor General, Attorney General, and the heads of the departments and members of boards and commissions shall be increased by applying the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland area for the most recent 12-month period for which figures have been officially reported by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) immediately prior to the date adjustment is due to take effect.

 As required by Section 3(e) of the Public Official Compensation Law, the Governor has determined, based on the change in the CPI-U (PA-DE-NJ-MD) over the past 12-months as reported by BLS on November 20, 2014, that the salaries covered by that law shall be increased by 1.6% effective January 1, 2015. The following chart lists the position, the salary prior to the adjustment, the percentage increase of the adjustment, and the new salary:

COLA Adjustment for Elected and Appointed Officials Receiving Salaries Contained in Act 1995-51

COLA Adjustment is Based on the Percent Change in the CPI-U for PA-DE-NJ-MD, CMSA, for the 12-Month Period Ending October 2014

Position Salary Prior
to 1/1/2015
Governor $187,818 1.6% $190,823
Lieutenant Governor $157,765 1.6% $160,289
State Treasurer $156,264 1.6% $158,764
Auditor General $156,264 1.6% $158,764
Attorney General $156,264 1.6% $158,764
Large Agency Head
 Secretary of Education
 Secretary of Environmental Protection
 Secretary of Health
 Secretary of Labor and Industry
 Secretary of Public Welfare
 Secretary of Transportation
 Secretary of Corrections
$150,253 1.6% $152,657
Medium Agency Head
 Secretary of Aging
 Secretary of Community & Economic Development
 Secretary of General Services
 Secretary of Revenue
 State Police Commissioner
 Secretary of Conservation & Natural Resources
$142,741 1.6% $145,025
Small Agency Head
 Adjutant General
 Secretary of Agriculture
 Secretary of Banking
 Secretary of the Commonwealth
 Insurance Commissioner
 Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs ******
$135,228 1.6% $137,392
Liquor Control Board
 Chairman $76,327 1.6% $77,548
 Member $73,321 1.6% $74,494
Civil Service Commission****
 Chairman $85,887 1.6% $87,261
 Member $82,583 1.6% $83,904
State Tax Equalization Board
 Chairman $26,295 1.6% $26,716
 Member $24,416 1.6% $24,807
Milk Marketing Board
 Chairman $24,416 1.6% $24,807
 Member $23,477 1.6% $23,853
Securities Commission***
 Chairman $41,081 1.6% $41,738
 Member $37,479 1.6% $38,079
Athletic Commission
 Chairman $19,723 1.6% $20,039
 Member $18,780 1.6% $19,080
Board of Pardons
 Member $17,279 1.6% $17,555
Public Utility Commission
 Chairman $145,241 ** $147,525
 Member $142,741 1.6% $145,025
Environmental Hearing Board*
 Chairman $145,241 * $147,525
 Member $142,741 * $145,025
Board of Claims*****
 Chairman $138,720 1.6% $140,940
 Member $131,417 1.6% $133,520
* The Environmental Hearing Board is not listed in Act 1995-51, but separate legislation requires that the Board's members receive the same compensation as the PUC.
** Act 1995-51 requires that the PUC Chairman shall receive $2,500/yr. more than PUC Members.
*** Per Act 1998-51.
**** Per Act 2002-140 effective November 27, 2002.
***** Per Act 2002-118, effective October 2, 2002.
****** The salary for the Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs has not yet been set by statute.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 14-2704. Filed for public inspection December 26, 2014, 9:00 a.m.]

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