Harrisburg — Senator John DiSanto (Dauphin/Perry) announced today that, for the third year in a row, he will donate the cumulative total of his cost-of-living increase granted to legislators automatically each year. This year Senator DiSanto will support local COVID-19 relief efforts with $2,910 split between the Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, and the Perry County Food Bank. Senator DiSanto dropped off a check to the Perry County Food Bank in New Bloomfield this morning, where a long line of cars had assembled early for food distribution (photos attached).
DiSanto said, “With the extreme impact that COVID-19 and the government-mandated shutdown of businesses is having on area residents, I wanted to make donations I know will go toward helping people who need food and other essential supplies to make ends meet during the pandemic. Both the federal and state governments are offering assistance programs, but private action can help meet these needs immediately, and I would encourage anyone with the means to support these and other charitable causes that are struggling under the burden of COVID-19.”
DiSanto continued, “I don’t believe legislators should receive a raise just for staying in office another year. I have always sought to lead by example when it comes to reforming government, which is why I donate the automatic cost-of-living increase, have turned down the taxpayer-funded pension, and support legislation to ban cash gifts and per diems for lawmakers.”
DiSanto encourages all community residents to check his website at www.senatordisanto.com or Facebook/Twitter using @SenatorDiSanto for updates about Pennsylvania’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents may also call 717-787-6801 for assistance.
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