Boston, MA - Massachusetts State Governor, Charlie Baker, has recently allowed an approximate 6% raise for nearly 200 members of the House of Representatives and the Senate based in this state. According to the information provided, these pay raises will occur for the 2019-2020 session, therefore raising initial income pay for legislators by approximately $4k, resulting in starting pay of approximately $66k/year.
In addition to state legislators, Governor Baker will also be getting a pay increase come 2019. Baker’s pay is said to raise from approximately $150k/year to approximately $195k/year. His housing allowance will increase to approximately $68k/year.
According to relevant documents and information, the pay raises are due in part based on median household incomes in the state of Massachusetts.
Baker came to his 6% raise increase by looking at the American Community Survey conducted between the years of 2015 and 2017, to which he noticed the median household income increased. According to the survey, the income had increased from approximately $73k/year to approximately $77k/year.
All in all, salaries for Massachusetts lawmakers are determined by the state Constitution.
Back in 2017, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and past Senate President Stanley Rosenberg pushed through efforts to give lawmakers pay raises. This changed stipends that the lawmakers would receive in the future, some of which could be used on office expenses.
Back in the beginning of the 2017 session, many elected officials in Massachusetts, such as the governor, had gotten pay raises that had been passed through legislation. This was the first act of business for this two-year session. This pay increase will go out of effect as of January 2, 2019.
Elected officials and the public alike are unsure of how much each person in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate will be getting as of now. The 6% increase that is assumed to be implemented may not mean the entire 6% will be given to each individual. The new year will bring us more knowledge of the situation at hand, but for the most part, it looks good for Massachusetts lawmakers this legislative session.