For more than 15 years, Sen. Pat Vance has been working to limit the growth of elected officials' salaries and pensions. In 1995 she voted against the automatic cost-of-living (COLA) increase for the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government. (Act 51 of 1995) Six years later she opposed an increase in pension benefits for state government employees and teachers. (Act 9 of 2001) As part of her strong stand, she declined the increase in pension benefits available under this law. In 2005, she voted against the infamous late night pay raise for legislative, executive and judicial branches of government. (Act 44 of 2005) A few months later, she strongly supported the repeal of the pay raise. (Act 72 of 2005).
As a member of the General Assembly, Sen. Vance does not take a per diem, lease a car from the state or accept mileage reimbursement for travel to the Capitol or district office. Since 2008, she has returned her annual COLA to the state Treasury.