Massachusetts Legislature

Senators to see average pay rise 39%

Senators to see average pay rise 39%

Stipends will boost some lawmakers’ pay even more dramatically

THE AVERAGE PAY OF A STATE SENATOR will likely rise about 39 percent this year to $110,942 under a new compensation scheme that rewards lawmakers with stipends for the leadership positions they hold. At least 25 of the 34 Democratic lawmakers in the Senate will earn more than $102,000 a year, including an expense stipend,(...)

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Pro-pot Jehlen to head marijuana panel

Pro-pot Jehlen to head marijuana panel

Lewis, who opposed legalization, falls to vice chair spot

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A PRO-LEGALIZATION SENATOR will lead the Senate’s effort to make changes to the marijuana ballot law after Senate President Stanley tapped Somerville Sen. Patricia Jehlen to lead the new Committee on Marijuana Policy. Jehlen, who supported the legalization campaign last fall, will take the lead for the Senate as the branch(...)

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Panel considers hospital price floor

Panel considers hospital price floor

May also let state disallow contracts between insurers, health providers

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE OFFICIALS EXAMINING VARIATIONS in prices charged by medical providers on Tuesday floated the idea of setting a minimum rate for hospitals at the bottom end of the price spectrum. The potential policy fix surfaced at a meeting of a 23-member commission that has until March 15 to release its report and(...)

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Legislative income inequality

Legislative income inequality

Widening pay gap in House could have negative impact, reps say

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE NOW THAT PAY RAISES for lawmakers have been finalized, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg will soon dole out the lucrative leadership and committee assignments that could allow some legislators to more than double their pay. That power in the hands of just two Democrats sparked some of(...)

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Stipends on steroids

Stipends on steroids

Bigger paychecks give leaders more sway over members

HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO and Senate President Stan Rosenberg got much more than a $1,000-a-week pay hike when the Legislature passed the bill to increase their salaries: They also were handed enormous clout to reward – or punish – lawmakers to ensure their fealty by controlling as much as a third of their income. Not(...)

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Lawmakers override Baker pay raise veto

Lawmakers override Baker pay raise veto

Senate goes stipend crazy, allowing up to three

THE HOUSE AND SENATE on Thursday overrode Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of legislation authorizing big salary increases for lawmakers, constitutional officers, and judges. The Senate also sweetened the pay hike for its members by approving a rule that allows each senator to take stipends for up to three leadership positions; the House limited its members(...)

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Some senators in line for even bigger payday

Some senators in line for even bigger payday

Overlooked clause in bill, rules change could hike salaries dramatically

STATE SENATORS COULD SEE THEIR PAY rise dramatically under a little-noticed provision in the pay raise bill and a proposed rules change that together would allow the lawmakers to collect stipends for holding down as many as three leadership positions. Under current rules, lawmakers receive their base salary of $62,547 plus a stipend if they(...)

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Baker rips ‘irresponsible’ pay raise

Baker rips ‘irresponsible’ pay raise

State GOP targets freshman Dems

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER needled the legislative pay hikes that lawmakers approved for themselves this week as “fiscally irresponsible,” but defended the Legislature’s process and stopped short of saying he’ll lobby lawmakers to sustain the veto he handed down on Friday. The controversial $18 million package of pay raises for lawmakers, judges(...)

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Baker to veto pay raise

Baker to veto pay raise

Says state's fiscal outlook makes salary hike unwise

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOURS AFTER FORMALLY RECEIVING their plan, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday afternoon informed legislative Democrats that he intends to veto a controversial package of pay raises worth $18 million for lawmakers, judges and constitutional officers in a move that may carry more political weight for the Republican governor than practical implications.(...)

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