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Patrick, Lawmakers Take Small Pay Cut

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Massachusetts State House in Boston (credit: AP)

Massachusetts State House in Boston (credit: AP)

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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