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State lawmakers gave themselves a raise, seriously

The state has passed a budget — on time and with tax cuts. Oh, and with a raise for state lawmakers. The state House gave itself an extra $1.4 million for salaries, while the state Senate is getting an additional $300,000. How could lawmakers do such a thing while also eliminating the cash assistance program, which provides $200 a month to disabled people, domestic violence victims and recovering addicts? Listen to this week's It's Our Money podcast to find out.

State lawmakers gave themselves a raise, seriously

The dome of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg.
The dome of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg. Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

The state has passed a budget — on time and with tax cuts. Oh, and with a raise for state lawmakers.
The state House gave itself an extra $1.4 million for salaries, while the state Senate is getting an additional $300,000. How could lawmakers do such a thing while also eliminating the cash assistance program, which provides $200 a month to disabled people, domestic violence victims and recovering addicts?
Listen to this week's It's Our Money podcast to find out.

The state has passed a budget on time and with tax cuts. Oh, and with a raise for state lawmakers.

The state House gave itself an extra $1.4 million for salaries, while the state Senate is getting an additional $300,000. How could lawmakers do such a thing while also eliminating the cash assistance program, which provides $200 a month to disabled people, domestic violence victims and recovering addicts?

Listen to this week's It's Our Money podcast to find out.

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