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Gov. Deval Patrick cuts legislative pay (by $307/yr)
Boston Herald ^ | 1/3/11 | Hillary Chabot

Posted on 01/03/2011 11:04:35 AM PST by raccoonradio

Gov. Deval Patrick announced today he is trimming legislative salaries — and his own pay — by .5 percent in the face of a mounting budget deficit and continuing economic recession.

The pay cut means lawmakers would see $307 slashed from their pay and earn a base salary of $61,133 and Patrick’s pay would go from $140,535 to $139,833. The salary cut is the first since 1998.

“The median household income for the Commonwealth for the preceding two-year period decreased by .5 percent,” Patrick wrote in a brief letter announcing the cut.

The salary reductions will begin Wednesday, according to Patrick’s announcement.

Every two years, the sitting governor decides whether lawmakers will receive a salary boost — a measure adopted to take the decision away from legislators themselves. Patrick raised legislative salaries two years ago by 5.5 percent.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: devalpatrick; massachusetts
I feel bad for those legislators who will have to give up about 6 bucks per week. How than they survive?
1 posted on 01/03/2011 11:04:39 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

They won’t suffer. Their perks are not included in this “cut.” Its not like they have to make any real sacrifices.


2 posted on 01/03/2011 11:06:31 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

I’m sure the per diems will stay—getting paid for driving to work.


3 posted on 01/03/2011 11:07:42 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

This is more BS from weak leadership. This will do nothing and unfortunately send more MA Libs out to pollute surrounding states as MA burns.


4 posted on 01/03/2011 11:08:46 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: raccoonradio

What about benefits?

Did they get higher per diem? higher travel pay? more free postage? You know they got something.


5 posted on 01/03/2011 11:09:07 AM PST by GeronL
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To: raccoonradio

Wow. I’m sure that’s gonna hurt.

I’m underwhelmed.


6 posted on 01/03/2011 11:09:28 AM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: raccoonradio

I guess they will have to hold one more barbecue fundraiser to make up for it.


7 posted on 01/03/2011 11:13:42 AM PST by AU72
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To: raccoonradio

That’s ok. The under the table kickbacks will more than make up for it.


8 posted on 01/03/2011 11:15:10 AM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: raccoonradio
Patrick’s pay would go from $140,535 to $139,833

Oh, the humanity! It's a good thing he has unlimited benefits and mob payments under the table.

9 posted on 01/03/2011 11:18:52 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

These cuts are “Draconian”.


10 posted on 01/03/2011 11:20:58 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: raccoonradio

Now those are some severe cuts.

What kind of country do we live in that state legislatures are reduced to such grinding poverty?


11 posted on 01/03/2011 11:21:18 AM PST by lurk
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To: raccoonradio

Yes, it’s a paltry sum. But it’s something. If the federal government simply cut spending by 0.5% from 2008 levels, we’d be seeing something. Imagine a 0.5% cut in REAL spending each year for the next 10 years. I haven’t done the math, but that would probably result in a 2021 budget expenditure a good 33% less than projections.


12 posted on 01/03/2011 11:21:50 AM PST by Mr. Bird
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To: raccoonradio
What an effin joke. I had to move from second shift to first and give up my 10% shift differential. Let these legislators take a 10% pay cut and then hear them scream.
$307 per year. Gimme a break. That's one dinner out for them.
13 posted on 01/03/2011 11:29:57 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Inspiration. The momentary cessation of stupidity.)
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To: raccoonradio

The Boston State House is full of maggots. This story proves it.


14 posted on 01/03/2011 11:33:25 AM PST by RexBeach ("There is no such thing as a good tax." Winston Churchill)
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To: AU72

And whenever they raise taxes don’t they say, “Oh, it’s just the price of a cup of coffee per week” or day or something? Well, $307 is less than a buck per day THEY are giving up...well at least it wasn’t a raise but this is indeed underwhelming


15 posted on 01/03/2011 11:35:23 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Oh great...now they can say in interviews and campaign spots that they know what it feels like to tighten their belts...just can’t wait/not


16 posted on 01/03/2011 11:44:44 AM PST by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: raccoonradio

5% damn, de pain, de pain, give me a break


17 posted on 01/03/2011 11:54:56 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: raccoonradio

To quote Biden: “That’s really a BFD!”


18 posted on 01/03/2011 11:56:16 AM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: RexBeach
Agreed...I live in this cesspool of a state. A little comparison...My pay dropped a mere 18% in 2010 not including health insurance. I am single and my company can now only afford to pay half of my health insurance. So, On top of the pay decrease I must also fork over 82 bucks a week extra for that. It was 30 bucks per week in 2009. Numbers. My 75000 job in 2009.. is now 57296.00. I can't bitch(wtf good would it do) cause I need the job but I made that kind of money TWELVE years ago. I could deal with less than a buck a day decrease, especially when those salaries are double mine. Try on 48.50 a day lost in one year. I hate to complain because I know alot of people are far worse off. I just found it amazing that the trivial cut they took was even mentioned. How about a ten percent cut for all state and union workers to TRY and balance the budget??
19 posted on 01/03/2011 11:57:44 AM PST by Rick66 (Don't dislike me cause I live in Massholechusetts.)
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To: Rick66

I left MA in 1977, and never missed it.

I moved to a state that actually has a surplus this past year.

Hah!


20 posted on 01/03/2011 12:15:45 PM PST by RexBeach ("There is no such thing as a good tax." Winston Churchill)
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To: org.whodat

Not 5 per cent... 0.5...


21 posted on 01/03/2011 12:29:02 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

NH Legislators get $100/year plus mileage.


22 posted on 01/03/2011 12:33:17 PM PST by woodbutcher1963
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To: raccoonradio

Dang just cut to the bone!!!!!!!


23 posted on 01/03/2011 12:35:50 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

No, its on me. And the other MA taxpayers.

How about a staff cut of 2% across the board. The whole state.

That would save some bucks and no one would notice. That many idiots call in sick every day.


24 posted on 01/03/2011 6:45:57 PM PST by Vermont Lt (Don't taze my junk bro.)
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I saw on 7 news this morning that the pay cuts totaled $65k per year and the state was now $15 billion in debt so if my math is correct it would be like being $100,000 in debt and bragging about cutting spending forty cents, $0.40


25 posted on 01/04/2011 5:54:39 PM PST by edzo4 (You call us the 'Party Of No', I call us the resistance.)
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