Adjustment raises questions amid funding shortfalls

With the possibility of funding cuts in the future at the federal and state levels, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] pushed ahead with a 3-percent cost-of-living adjustment for its employees.The measure, however, was not without opposition.William H. Bogart, Small Business Consultant for Cameron County, had concerns with the raise, which will take effect retroactive Jan. 1, 2012."I was in favor initially and I think the problem is that since it's been brought up, not only in newspapers but emails and such regarding the state of Pennsylvania, [the Commonwealth] now has a $500 million deficit," Bogart said. "We have the president of the United States needing $1.2 trillion to keep the federal government going. If those shortages exist at those levels, would it not be reasonable to expect that the funding perhaps for North Central is going to be reduced? "If that's the case, where do we come up with $150,000 to $160,000 for the cost of living? Where do we get it?"Pick up a copy of the Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.