REP. MATT SMITH’S FOUR BROKEN PROMISES

October 22, 2012

Summary

Matt Smith promised to not take a legislative pension… then he did.

He promised to not take the automatic pay raises… then he did.

He promised to not take the taxpayer-funded healthcare his first term… then he did.

He promised to not keep legislative account balances… then he did.

 

Matt Smith a record of failed promises and taxpayer funded benefits.

 

1.  Rep. Matt Smith Pension Information

 

ORIGINAL CAMPAIGN PROMISE:

October 12, 2006 – Rep. Matt Smith pledged not to take legislative pension

“In a recent debate, both candidates pledged not to take legislative pensions.”

 (Pittsburgh Tribune Review, October 12, 2006)

http://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/regional/s_474586.html#axzz28R3BUhR4

 

MODIFIED PROMISE AFTER BEING ELECTED:

March 11, 2007 – Rep. Matt Smith says he will not accept the pension for the next two years

“Rep. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, an attorney, is honoring a campaign commitment to turn down health care benefits and a pension for the next two years. Smith said he will re-evaluate it in two years if he wins re-election. He’s not ruling it out down the road.”

(Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 3/11/2007)

http://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/opinion/columnists/bumsted/s_497129.html#axzz27FMkT1Sj

 

ORIGINAL PROMISE BROKEN:

January 12, 2009 – Rep. Matt Smith joins State Employee Retirement System (SERS)

 

MODIFIED PROMISE BROKEN TOO:

September 17, 2012 – SERS confirms Rep. Matt Smith is a VESTED MEMBER of the system.

Vesting for SERS requires 5 full years. Matt Smith is serving his 3rd term for about 5.75 years, indicating that he is counting years 2007 & 2008 towards his years of service requirement.

 

2.  Rep. Matt Smith COLA Information

PROMISE:

December 4, 2008 – Rep. Matt Smith says he will not receive the COLA

“Mr. Eachus urged other House Democrats to do the same. Yesterday, Reps. Matt Smith of Mt. Lebanon, John Pallone of New Kensington and Tim Solobay of Canonsburg said they won’t take the increases.”

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 12/4/2008)

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/state/rendell-whacks-budget-again-623988/?print=1

 

November 24, 2011 – Rep. Matt Smith claims he has returned the COLA to the Treasury

“Rep. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, said he has returned his increase during some of the recent recession years, but has not yet decided whether to accept next month’s adjustment.”

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11/24/2011)

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/state/state-officials-getting-3-raise-325339/?print=1

 

PROMISE BROKEN:

Rep. Matt Smith did NOT return payments to the Pennsylvania Treasury Department (Began recording payments in December 2008) for the year he pledged. Those who reject the pay increase will still see it in their paychecks, which also will boost their eventual pension amounts. They must either write a check to state government or donate it. Mr. Smith did not minimally return any payments in Dec 2008, April 2009 and May 2009. Payments documented for the year are included below:

1/9/2009

Matthew Smith

$113.45

2/20/2009

Matthew Smith

$113.45

3/25/2009

Matthew Smith

$113.45

6/1/2009

Matthew Smith

$113.45

 

3.  Rep. Matt Smith Health Benefits Information

 

PROMISE:

March 11, 2007 – Rep. Matt Smith says he will not accept the health benefits for the next two years.

“Rep. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, an attorney, is honoring a campaign commitment to turn down health care benefits and a pension for the next two years. Smith said he will re-evaluate it in two years if he wins re-election. He’s not ruling it out down the road.”

(Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 3/11/2007)

http://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/opinion/columnists/bumsted/s_497129.html#axzz27FMkT1Sj

 

PROMISE BROKEN:

According to Employee Complements Matt Smith began receiving in 2008 a monthly health benefit of $1728.33, one full year short of what he pledged to the Tribune-Review (see statement below):

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Rep. Matt Smith Legislative Surplus

 

PROMISE:

Matt Smith claimed on Smartvoter.org, a project of the League of Women Voters, in article titled “Reforming State Government” dated November 4, 2008, that one of his reforms is to “Eliminate the legislative surplus and return all dollars to the taxpayers”.

 

PROMISE BROKEN:

Member’s legislative expense accounts run from December 1st through November 30th. During the 1st year of a two-year term, the Chief Clerk’s office allows members to transfer any remaining funds from the 1st year into the 2nd year or return the unused funds back to the House of Representatives. It is listed on the expense records as the Bi-Annual Rollover.

Matt Smith had the opportunity to return a total of $8,830.24 of money that remained in his account after the 1st year of the two-year term, Instead, Smith chose to roll the money into his election-year legislative account to be used for expenses. On three separate occasions, Matt Smith kept the money and did not return it to the taxpayers:

Example 1:

 

 

 

 

Example 2:

 

 

Matt Smith did the opposite of the reform he has pretended to champion by not returning the excess funds in his own legislative account!!

 

 

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