Skip to comments.Beacon Hill raises blasted
Posted on 11/27/2012 6:20:30 AM PST by massmike
House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo handed out raises of at least 3 percent to 460 staffers in the House of Representatives last week. Senate President Therese Murray gave her own staff pay hikes of 3 percent. Gov. Deval Patrick raised no objections to the hikes.
Painful cuts to programs and services may be on the way after October tax revenues came in lower than expected and currently puts the state $256 million below expectations for the year. That also means taxpayers wont get a scheduled .05 percent income tax cut they otherwise would have enjoyed if revenues had been higher.
DeLeo was unavailable for comment yesterday.
Murray told the Herald her staffers have made sacrifices and deserve the raises.
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House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, above, last week gave raises of at least 3 percent to 460 staffers in the House of Representatives.
They are “entitled” of course.
They will NEVER take the public’s treasury as anything other than something to loot until we reign in benefits. Every one of these elected idiots have awarded themselves benefits - health care, vacations, sick days, and of course, retirement. Yes, retirement - it’s not losing an election, it’s not being fired by the people, it’s retirement.
Every public employee, elected or hired, should only be paid a flat salary. No benefits. If they want to buy health care, they can do it just like the people do, and gripe that they get taxed on that money too. If they want a vacation, they can pay for those days they don’t want to come in. If they want retirement, they can use social security and invest whatever amount of their salary in retirement plans, just like everyone else.
And at the end of each year, the budget will be done with for employees - that employee won’t be hanging onto that budget with both hands for the next sixty years; what they got paid during the year is the total liability. And raises should be latched onto the social security index, and only rise at the start of each cycle, after the election.