From the Department of Christmas miracles:

Members of Philadelphia's state Senate delegation have decided to forego the 1.7 percent cost-of-living pay increase that went into effect earlier this month.

Shirley M. Kitchen (D., Phila.), the delegation leader, said Tuesday that difficult economic times and the struggles of working families across Pennsylvania were reasons for rejecting the raise. "Returning this money was something we all agreed we should do," Kitchen said in a statement released Tuesday.

Good call. Now, we'll see if the rest of the legislature will follow suit.

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