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Bill McSwain condemns automatic pay raise for PA officials

West Chester, Pa. — Bill McSwain, Republican Candidate for Governor, today condemned the automatic 5.67% pay raise set to be awarded in December to more than one thousand PA officials at the expense of the taxpayer. McSwain asserts that to accept the increase would be a slap in the face to hard-working constituents and called upon all impacted officials to decline the raise and return it to the taxpayers: 

As officials such as John Fetterman and Josh Shapiro award themselves sky-high raises, Pennsylvanians are being forced to navigate the impacts of inflation on the prices of everyday goods, such as milk, a gallon of gas, or a turkey this Thanksgiving, to say nothing of the thousands of families and business owners still working to financially recover from the burdensome COVID-19 restrictions imposed by these same individuals. Accepting these raises, in some cases over ten thousand dollars, while the average Pennsylvanian is struggling is unconscionable and demonstrates the depth of disconnect between Harrisburg and hard-working Pennsylvanians.

As Governor, I would reject such a pay raise, and I am calling on all affected state officials to decline this raise and return the full amount to taxpayers. In difficult times, leaders need to do what’s right, not what’s easy. The act of accepting this raise would be to knowingly place self-interest over reducing the hardship of those whose interests they claim to represent
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Here are just a few of the increases set to take effect: 

  • Cabinet Secretaries: + $8,235/yr for an adjusted annual salary of $153,479
  • Rank and File Lawmakers: + $5,122/yr for an adjusted annual salary of $95,457

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BACKGROUND: 

Appointed by President Trump, McSwain’s record as US Attorney demonstrates his fierce defense of constitutional rights, dedication to upholding law and order, and history of putting criminals and corrupt politicians in jail. 

Prior to becoming an attorney, Bill served as a scout/sniper platoon commander in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was born in Philadelphia and raised in Chester County, where he lives today with his wife, Stephanie, and their four children.More information on McSwain’s background and platform is available here.

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