BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are getting a pay raise in the new year.
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration announced Thursday that the annual base compensation for members of the House and Senate will go from the current $60,032 to $62,547, an increase of about 4.2 percent.READ MORE: Local Researchers Test COVID Samples To Determine Prevalence Of Omicron Variant In Massachusetts
Under a 1998 amendment to the state constitution, salaries for legislators are tied to changes in the median household income for Massachusetts residents during the previous two-year period.READ MORE: Amid Concerns Over Omicron COVID Variant, CDC Says All Vaccinated Adults Should Get Booster Shots
The governor is responsible for ascertaining the rate.
The new salary will be in effect for the 2017-2018 legislative session, which formally begins on Wednesday.MORE NEWS: Omicron Variant: Dr. Mallika Marshall Explains What's Known And What's Not
Legislative leaders and committee chairs earn extra pay. Many lawmakers also receive travel allowances for commuting from their districts to the Statehouse.