Wagner Commends Senate State Government Committee on Passage of Paycheck Protection Legislation

HARRISBURG – Today the Senate State Government Committee approved Senator Scott Wagner’s (R-York) Senate Bill 500, a constitutional amendment that would prevent the collection of union dues, non-membership fees, and political contributions by the Commonwealth and school districts.

“I commend Senator Folmer, Chairman of the State Government Committee, for bringing SB 500 up for a vote today,” said Wagner.  “I appreciate his and the rest of the Committee’s support for this important legislation.”

“Paycheck protection remains a top priority for me,” continued Wagner. “Taxpayer money is being used to collect dues and PAC contributions for public sector unions, which in turn, is used to lobby against major issues like pension reform and the elimination of property taxes, both of which are taking a toll on the Commonwealth and its taxpayers.”

SB 500 proposes to amend the state Constitution, providing a more permanent solution to the unethical activities currently taken advantage of by the public sector unions.

“Opponents argue the cost to taxpayers is minimal,” said Wagner.  “But cost has never been my focus.  These unions are getting away with an activity that would send anyone else to jail – using taxpayer resources for political purposes.”

As a constitutional amendment, the legislation would have to be approved in two consecutive legislative sessions.

CONTACT: Erin K. Marsicano, 717-787-3817, emarsicano@pasen.gov