Ed Rendell's changing statements on salary increase
"This is not going to be as acute an issue a year from now," he predicted. . . . .
Rendell on Legislative Raise
July 6 -- When asked to comment on legislators' taking pay raises through expense accounts, circumventing a constitutional ban on midterm raises, he said: "It's legal - and that's all I'm going to say about it."
July 8 - Calling the pay-raise legislation a "good bill," he signed it into law because it contained more good than bad, specifically providing raises for judges.
Aug. 8- "I can understand the consternation, particularly with taking the pay raise in the form of [legislative expense accounts]," he said, publicly criticizing lawmakers for the first time for taking the raise in midterm.
Sept. 12- Rendell criticizes the way lawmakers took the pay raise as "possibly illegal," and adds he would sign a bill that would repeal the provision that allowed lawmakers to take raises through legislative accounts.
Nov. 3 - Rendell said he would sign a bill to repeal the pay raise for lawmakers, as long as such a measure allowed for judges to keep their higher paychecks. He said the pay-raise issue had become "a huge distraction" that had given government "a black eye."