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PA Gov-Elect Tom Corbett to Review Car Allowances to Judges
Express Times ^ | 11/30/10 | AP

Posted on 11/30/2010 4:37:53 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta

Pennsylvania judges on the Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth courts lease a variety of luxury cars including Cadillacs, a Mercedes Benz and high-end SUVs at the state’s expense, a newspaper reported.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Sunday that 25 jurists in the state lease cars under a provision that reimburses them up to $600 a month; 13 opt not to lease vehicles.

The state began paying for cars for appellate judges in 1990, and the practice continues despite other elected and appointed state officials who use cheaper fleet vehicles to keep costs down.

Greg Wrightstone, of the PA Coalition for Responsible Government, said the car allowances are even harder to understand because the state's top judges are among the nation's highest paid.

Some make in excess of $175,000 a year, he said.

"These judges receive excessive perks, including extravagant car allowances, dinner expenses, health care and pension benefits, and the taxpayers are left to foot the bill," Wrightstone told the newspaper.

Among the judges' cars are $568 a month for a 2010 Cadillac driven by Chief Justice Ronald Castille and $450 a month for a 2010 Mercedes Benz driven by Superior Court Judge Sallie Updyke Mundy.

Supreme Court Justice Max Baer leases a 2010 GMC Acadia from his brother's Washington dealership for $510 a month.

"Because of the amount we drive, and terrible weather, I don't want to sound spoiled but I want air conditioning and a heating system that work, all-wheel-drive and stability control so I don't end up rolled up on the side of the road," Baer told the newspaper.

Duquesne University law professor Bruce Ledewitz said there is little accountability of how much judges spend and it symbolizes a culture of arrogance.

(Excerpt) Read more at lehighvalleylive.com ...


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1 posted on 11/30/2010 4:37:57 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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"Because of the amount we drive, and terrible weather, I don't want to sound spoiled but I want air conditioning and a heating system that work, all-wheel-drive and stability control so I don't end up rolled up on the side of the road," Baer told the newspaper.

You can get that with a Hyundai Tucson, which you could easily afford on your own salary. Take this perk away.

2 posted on 11/30/2010 4:40:18 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

Tom Corbett, the gov-elect...

3 posted on 11/30/2010 4:42:30 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: dirtboy

Supreme Court Justice Max Baer leases a 2010 GMC Acadia from his brother’s Washington dealership for $510 a month.
“Because of the amount we drive, and terrible weather, I don’t want to sound spoiled but I want air conditioning

I have a KIA Spectre with good snow tires. I made it up and down hills in last years 2 ft of snow and it has a heater and AC. So yeah you are a spoided jerk..


4 posted on 11/30/2010 4:49:28 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA
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To: dirtboy

His own problem I would say especially given the salaries and other perks.


5 posted on 11/30/2010 4:53:56 AM PST by doodad
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To: SECURE AMERICA

Tell him if that’s what he wants, he can have it....when he buys it himself.


6 posted on 11/30/2010 4:54:58 AM PST by Shimmer1 (Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - MLK Jr.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Take this perk away. We don’t need to be financing transportation for judges.


7 posted on 11/30/2010 5:18:34 AM PST by thethirddegree
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ENOUGH!!! Everyone one else PAYS for their OWN transportation to work!!! geesh, STOP THE MADNESS!!


8 posted on 11/30/2010 5:19:10 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
"Because of the amount we drive, and terrible weather, I don't want to sound spoiled but I want air conditioning and a heating system that work, all-wheel-drive and stability control so I don't end up rolled up on the side of the road," Baer told the newspaper.

This is an actual quote? This man should be ashamed of himself!!! I wonder how all those blue collar workers get around in the snow? How about he heat in the summer? Guess what Judge.....it is called a damned car payment, we all have them!!!!!!!!!! If you can't afford a few hundred a month on 6 figures, you have serious problems!!!!!

9 posted on 11/30/2010 5:27:36 AM PST by panthermom
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I don't want to sound spoiled but I want

9 words two "I" usages, but he doesn't want to sound spoiled.

Listen, you cheap prick, you make over $ 100,000 salary, have a daily expense account, and a business lease tax write off... use your own money, which, by the way, is my tax dollars, that I'm paying for your cheezy services.

10 posted on 11/30/2010 5:30:19 AM PST by USS Alaska
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“Justice” Max Baer is a Democrat, by the way.


11 posted on 11/30/2010 5:31:47 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: USS Alaska

One of Corbett’s campaign promises, which appeared on his ads, was to limit the fleet of government vehicles. We will be watching this one...


12 posted on 11/30/2010 5:32:50 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

State Supreme Court Justice Max Baer

13 posted on 11/30/2010 5:51:28 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Ann Archy

$568 a month for a 2010 Cadillac driven by Chief Justice Ronald Castille...

14 posted on 11/30/2010 5:56:31 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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2010 Mercedes Benz driven by Superior Court Judge Sallie Updyke Mundy...

15 posted on 11/30/2010 6:08:56 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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Well, I guess we can make exceptions...but only if she is a Republican...
16 posted on 11/30/2010 6:23:55 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Didn’t he play Jethro on the Beverley Hillbilkies?

What a tool. If he honestly expects anyone to sympathize with his “plight”, I’ll tell him where to look it up in the dictionary.


17 posted on 11/30/2010 7:08:31 AM PST by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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I am in hopes they look into state senators and reps also. They get vehicles. I followed one SUV with Pa senate plate into Delaware. He shopped tax free. I should have used my I phone. He is a Democrat.


18 posted on 11/30/2010 7:33:26 AM PST by oldironsides
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“They get vehicles”

In what insane asylum do the elected legislatures get vehicles at taxpayer expense?

all they get in Indiana is a special license plate, and they have to pay for that!


19 posted on 11/30/2010 7:40:56 AM PST by tcrlaf (Obama White House=Tammany Hall on the National Mall)
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To: oldironsides

Spending is out of control. It won’t be easy to get cars taken away from these guys.


20 posted on 11/30/2010 7:55:17 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta; Tribune7; Kid Shelleen

Ping !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


21 posted on 11/30/2010 8:38:12 AM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !! )
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

*Ping


22 posted on 11/30/2010 9:48:44 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...

ping


23 posted on 11/30/2010 1:47:06 PM PST by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: SueRae

Heh, no. Not the same guy. However, Nancy Kulp (Miss Jane) did run for Congress in PA against Bud Shuster back in 1984 as an ultraliberal Democrat. Buddy Ebsen (Jed Clampett) cut ads for Shuster. ;-)


24 posted on 11/30/2010 6:51:03 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Tribune7

I think the judges should be charged with theft. that’s our money their using.


25 posted on 12/02/2010 6:26:35 PM PST by Temple Owl (Excelsior! Onward and upward.)
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