UPDATE - Gov.-elect Tom Corbett will donate his new cost-of-living raise to charity, says his spokesman Kevin Harley. As Attorney General Corbett, Corbett gave up his 2009 and 2010 pay raises, sending that money back to state coffers instead, Harley said.
A state House member says he is preparing to introduce a bill immediately that would end automatic annual raises for lawmakers.
Rep. Eugene DePasquale (D., York) says it is unfair during a recession to allow automatic cost of living increases (or COLAs) for members of the General Assembly when millions of people on Social Security, for instance, are seeing their benefits frozen.
"When the consumer price index goes down, we don't take a pay cut and yet we cut everything else in the budget and we get a pay raise," said DePasquale. He said he wants to return to the old system of voting on pay raises periodically. "We'll have hearings. We'll vote during the day. It'll be a much more transparent process."