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Gov. Deval Patrick cuts legislative pay (by $307/yr)
Boston Herald ^
| 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 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.
KEYWORDS: devalpatrick; massachusetts
I feel bad for those legislators who will have to give up about 6 bucks per week. How than they survive?
They won’t suffer. Their perks are not included in this “cut.” Its not like they have to make any real sacrifices.
posted on 01/03/2011 11:06:31 AM PST
(In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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.
posted on 01/03/2011 11:08:46 AM PST
by Lazlo in PA
(Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
What about benefits?
Did they get higher per diem? higher travel pay? more free postage? You know they got something.
posted on 01/03/2011 11:09:07 AM PST
Wow. I’m sure that’s gonna hurt.
posted on 01/03/2011 11:09:28 AM PST
(Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
I guess they will have to hold one more barbecue fundraiser to make up for it.
posted on 01/03/2011 11:13:42 AM PST
That’s ok. The under the table kickbacks will more than make up for it.
posted on 01/03/2011 11:15:10 AM PST
(K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
Patricks 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.
posted on 01/03/2011 11:18:52 AM PST
These cuts are “Draconian”.
posted on 01/03/2011 11:20:58 AM PST
(I owe everything to George Bailey)
Now those are some severe cuts.
What kind of country do we live in that state legislatures are reduced to such grinding poverty?
posted on 01/03/2011 11:21:18 AM PST
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.
posted on 01/03/2011 11:21:50 AM PST
by Mr. Bird
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.
posted on 01/03/2011 11:29:57 AM PST
by Bloody Sam Roberts
(Inspiration. The momentary cessation of stupidity.)
The Boston State House is full of maggots. This story proves it.
posted on 01/03/2011 11:33:25 AM PST
("There is no such thing as a good tax." Winston Churchill)
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
posted on 01/03/2011 11:44:44 AM PST
(Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
5% damn, de pain, de pain, give me a break
To quote Biden: “That’s really a BFD!”
posted on 01/03/2011 11:56:16 AM PST
(If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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??
posted on 01/03/2011 11:57:44 AM PST
(Don't dislike me cause I live in Massholechusetts.)
I left MA in 1977, and never missed it.
I moved to a state that actually has a surplus this past year.
posted on 01/03/2011 12:15:45 PM PST
("There is no such thing as a good tax." Winston Churchill)
NH Legislators get $100/year plus mileage.
Dang just cut to the bone!!!!!!!
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.
posted on 01/03/2011 6:45:57 PM PST
by Vermont Lt
(Don't taze my junk bro.)
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
posted on 01/04/2011 5:54:39 PM PST
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