Legislation would give pay raise to Pennsylvania National Guard members

Written by Craig Rhodes and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 8, 2015 8:56 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The state House of Representatives has approved legislation to provide a pay raise for members of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

When the Guard is activated by the Governor due to a natural disaster or similar situation, members are paid 75 dollars a day. The bill, passed in the House, would increase that to 100 dollars according to  bill sponsor Representative Stephen Barrar, who says the current rate is among the lowest in the nation.

 "If we bring it up to one hundred dollars per day that would put us right in the middle, and you know our guard does an incredible job, and you know if there was a move to take it up to one hundred ten or better I would have no problem supporting that," Barrar said.  

The bill was approved unanimously in the House, and Barrar says he expects a similar result when it's voted on in the Senate. 


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