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State House Employees Get 3 Percent Raise

Although the state is expected to fall short of projected revenue, the raises are justified since staff hasn't had a raise in four years, some say.

Despite recent news that the state is projected to take in less than expected in tax revenues, State House leaders last week announced 3 percent salary raises for staff of representatives and some senators, the Globe reported

But the increases are justified since the lawmakers' staff haven't had a raise since 2008, says Seth Gitell, a spokesman for House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. 

"It’s been more than four years since the last cost-of-living adjustment,” Gitell said Monday, according to the Globe. “Previously, employees received cost-of-living increases every one or, in many cases, every one or two years. There hasn’t been one in a long time.”

Last week DeLeo gave raises to all 460 people who work in the House, and Senate President Therese Murray gave raises to people who work directly for her. Gitell said the cuts will be paid for from the current House budget since it covers fewer employees than it did in 2009. 

TheMaskedTruthsayer November 27, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Disgusting but thats Asshatachusettes for ya.
John D November 27, 2012 at 08:09 PM
can someone justify why are they getting a raise? there are millions in the country who would thank God for a job. have theses hacks done a thing to deserve more money? we must get to a point where raises are earned, not automatic when a calendar page turns.
cliff webb November 27, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Who is suprised at this murder of solon's gathering at the trough yet again on the taxpayers dime? Sure shouldn't be the majority of sheeple who voted all the demorats back in again.

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