Senator Regan Votes In Support of “Paycheck Protection” Legislation
HARRISBURG (Jan. 31, 2017) – With the support of Sen. Mike Regan (R-Cumberland and York), the Senate State Government Committee approved legislation to prohibit the automatic deduction of political contributions from the paychecks of government workers.
Senate Bill 166, introduced by Sen. John Eichelberger, and Senate Bill 167, introduced by Sen. Scott Wagner, both passed the Senate panel by a vote of 8-4.
“It is a crime for elected officials to use taxpayer resources for political purposes. It should also be illegal to use taxpayer-funded payroll systems to deduct employees’ political contributions,” Regan said.
“This legislation does not affect the ability of government workers to unionize or participate in political campaigns,” he added. “If unions want money from their members to support political activity, workers should be asked for that money directly, without the government acting as a collection agency or pass-through entity.”
The bills now move to the full Senate for consideration.
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