Skip to comments.Gov. Deval Patrick cuts legislative pay (by $307/yr)
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 Patricks 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 Patricks 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.
They won’t suffer. Their perks are not included in this “cut.” Its not like they have to make any real sacrifices.
I’m sure the per diems will stay—getting paid for driving to work.
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.
What about benefits?
Did they get higher per diem? higher travel pay? more free postage? You know they got something.
Wow. I’m sure that’s gonna hurt.
I guess they will have to hold one more barbecue fundraiser to make up for it.
That’s ok. The under the table kickbacks will more than make up for it.
Oh, the humanity! It's a good thing he has unlimited benefits and mob payments under the table.
These cuts are “Draconian”.
Now those are some severe cuts.
What kind of country do we live in that state legislatures are reduced to such grinding poverty?
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.
The Boston State House is full of maggots. This story proves it.
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
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
5% damn, de pain, de pain, give me a break
To quote Biden: “That’s really a BFD!”
I left MA in 1977, and never missed it.
I moved to a state that actually has a surplus this past year.
Not 5 per cent... 0.5...
NH Legislators get $100/year plus mileage.
Dang just cut to the bone!!!!!!!
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.
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
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