The Senate today (June 24) adopted a Senate Resolution introduced by Senator Randy Vulakovich that would review the numerous state boards and commissions with an eye toward providing savings to the Commonwealth.
Senate Resolution 138 directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the Commonwealth’s board and commission members’ salaries, compensation, and fringe benefits, such as health care and pensions.
With more than 250 independent and departmental boards and commissions, Pennsylvania has panels in place to monitor a plethora of professional activities and a wide array of issues, yet the Commonwealth does not track the costs of running those various panels.
“While these Boards and Commissions provide the Commonwealth with great services, it is important we have an account of what the members are receiving in compensation and benefits,” Senator Vulakovich said. “It is my hope this study will provide the General Assembly with some guidance on cost savings and cause legislation to make the appropriate and necessary reform measures. It is an honor to be asked by the Governor to serve the people of Pennsylvania on a board or commission. However, that service should not necessarily be viewed as an extra pay check, especially if the post is part-time.”
Contact: Charlie O’Neill (717) 787-6538