Great news Pennsylvania:
Fresh off working late into the night to pass a budget -- and violating their pledges to no longer do so -- your elected representatives in America's Largest Full-Time State Legislature are now going on a paid three month voting break. But don't dare call it a vacation.
Leaders of both parties defend the hiatus. From Jon Delano at KDKA-TV:
House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, a Republican, says work is being done over the summer.
“You don’t have to be in legislative session to consider an issue. That’s why you have committee meetings, and hearings, and discussions.”
Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, a Democrat, agrees.
“Well, I wouldn’t call it a 12-week break,” says Costa. “I would suggest to you that there’s work that’s being done daily in the legislative offices, other events are going on in the communities that we are participating in, working on.”
Lawmakers do come back to work Sept. 24 for EIGHT days of votes. Then go on ANOTHER three-month election season/holiday vacation. Which is probably a pretty normal work schedule for most of the (non-elected) people reading this.