Mullery introduces legislation aimed at helping to reform Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, May 2 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, introduced legislation that would help fix a broken Harrisburg by eliminating one of the perks given to elected officials and make members of the General Assembly more accountable. 
 
House Bill 2027 would require all legislators to contribute more towards the costs of their health insurance coverage. Under his legislation, each member of the General Assembly would be required to pay 10 percent of the annual premium for their health care starting January 1, 2017. Currently, members contribute 1 percent of their annual salary toward their health care coverage.
 
"The time is long overdue for lawmakers in this commonwealth to pay a fair share of their own health care cost," Mullery said. "The savings gained could be used to invest in vital Pennsylvania programs."
 
Mullery also introduced H.B. 2024, which would eliminate the automatic cost of living adjustments (COLAs) for members of the General Assembly, judges, and various elected and appointed positions of the executive branch, including the governor and lieutenant governor. 
 
Mullery said state legislators already make a base salary that is one of the highest in the nation.  

"Eliminating automatic pay raises is an important step in helping restore the public's trust in their elected leaders," Mullery said.