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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 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. 

A Taker November 28, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Booooo!!!!
Bob November 28, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Seth you ignorant fool! Come into the real world aka the private sector and we have gotten zero for 5 years and in many cases a 10-20% reduction just to keep our job! This is why we the people need to wake up and get our collective heads out of the sand and stop electing the same people!
Laurie French November 29, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Bob you are so right. I haven't had a raise in 4 years but am grateful I still have a job. Our politicians are so out of touch with what the working class people deal with it. But we keep putting the same ignorant ones back in office. It is time for change but most people like status quo.
malcolm nichols November 29, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Where does this 3% more come from? If the private sector does not get raises to match then there won't be enough additional state income tax to pay the goverment raises (unless we raise state income tax rates). Additionally, the retirement, pensions and unfunded liabilities, etc.., all go up when salaries are increased.
Bob November 29, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Malcolm, your problem is you look at it with common sense! As the recent election exposed, we want none of that at the local, state or national level. It is "state" money in the liberals eyes and they don't care where it comes from! I am only shocked there is no mention of police, fire or teachers or the common themed "it is for the children". I guess they have new bravado with the knowledge they can do whatever they want and the lemmings will vote the straight D ticket.
Bill. S November 30, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Could I get Seth to speak with the owners of my company? I have not had a cost of living increase in over 4 years. my health insurance has gone up three times since so I actually make a good bit less than I did 4 years ago. Justified??

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