Patrick, Lawmakers Take Small Pay Cut

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Lawmakers in Massachusetts are taking a small pay cut and that includes Gov. Deval Patrick.

Patrick ordered the 0.5 percent cut Monday. It will go into effect Wednesday.

State senators and representatives currently make a base salary of $61,440.  They’ll lose about $307.

Patrick has been paid $140,535 a year. He faces a $700 pay cut.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports.

This is the first pay cut for legislators since 1998, when the governor was given the authority to adjust their salaries.

That’s when voters approved a constitutional amendment that links legislative pay to median household income of the last two years. That income level dropped by 0.5 percent.

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  • Lowell Peabody

    Are you kidding me? Does anyone seriously accept that with this move our legislators are even beginning to share in the losses and pain of their constituents?!! Seriously now, $700??? And I am supposed to think my representatives really understand? What abysmal tokenism! Spare me. Either make a difference and lead or pretend and hope for votes… How pathetic.

  • Paul

    Would anyone want to bet that the $65,400, that the State claims that this will save, will cost the Commonwealth $100,000 to talk about, debate and implement?

  • emom

    all politicians are so self asorbed and self centered, that they would not even know a pay cut if it should happen to BITE THEM IN THE FREAKIN BUTT. this is a total joke and a major scam of theres,,,, Do they even think that will even help us finacially,,,,, WHAT TOTAL JOKES WE HAVE ON BEACON HILL,, SUCH IDIOTS THEY ARE

  • David

    That doesn’t even amount to .87 cents a day and they don’t even work 365 days a year. It wouldn’t even cover the cost of missing one coffee each day. What a joke to the citizens that have had to cut back on necessary staples just to survive. What a joke this state is! Not one of them has endured the cut backs the regular citizen has had to make.

  • DStein

    Does anyone really believe Massachusetts households have taken only a 1/2 percent hit in income during the last two years? I don’t know what bogus data Deval is using in the mandated formula, but it’s not a true reflection of reality.

  • decol

    SMALL PAY CUT???? What a joke!!!! Why bother? Same old c–p.

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