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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 02-2338



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

[32 Pa.B. 6448]

   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 the BLS on November 19, 2002, that the salaries covered by that law shall be increased by 1.6% effective January 1, 2003. The following chart sets out the agency head position, the salary prior to the adjustment, the percentage amount 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 2002

Salary Prior COLA Effective
Position to 1/1/2003 Adjustment 1/1/2003
Governor $142,142 1.6% $144,416
Lieutenant Governor $119,399 1.6% $121,309
State Treasurer $118,262 1.6% $120,154
Auditor General $118,262 1.6% $120,154
Attorney General $118,262 1.6% $120,154
Large Agency Head $113,714 1.6% $115,533
   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
Medium Agency Head $108,028 1.6% $109,756
   Secretary of Aging
   Secretary of Community and Economic Development
   Secretary of General Services
   Secretary of Revenue
   State Police Commissioner
   Secretary of Conservation & Natural Resources
Small Agency Head $102,343 1.6% $103,980
   Adjutant General
   Secretary of Agriculture
   Secretary of Banking
   Secretary of the Commonwealth
   Insurance Commissioner
Liquor Control Board
   Chairperson $57,766 1.6% $58,690
   Member $55,491 1.6% $56,379
Civil Service Commission
   Chairperson $65,000 1.6% $66,040
   Member $62,500 1.6% $63,500
State Tax Equalization Board
   Chairperson $19,901 1.6% $20,219
   Member $18,477 1.6% $18,773
Milk Marketing Board
   Chairperson $18,477 1.6% $18,773
   Member $17,768 1.6% $18,052
Securities Commission***
   Chairperson $31,091 1.6% $31,588
   Member $28,364 1.6% $28,818
Athletic Commission
   Chairperson $14,927 1.6% $15,166
   Member $14,214 1.6% $14,441
Board of Pardons
   Member $13,077 1.6% $13,286
Public Utility Commission
   Chairperson $110,528 ** $112,256
   Member $108,028 1.6% $109,756
Environmental Hearing Board*
   Chairperson $110,528 * $112,256
   Member $108,028 * $109,756

* The Environmental Hearing Board (Board) is not contained in Act 1995-51, but separate legislation requires that the Board's members receive the same compensation as the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC).

** Act 1995-51 requires that the PUC Chairperson shall receive $2,500/yr. more than PUC Members.

*** Per Act 1998-51.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-2338. Filed for public inspection December 27, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]

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