January 25, 2017

Beacon Hill pay raise tab could reach $18M in next fiscal year

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Sam Doran / State House News Service

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

BOSTON — Top House Democrats feel confident about an expansive package of pay increases for public officials that House Speaker Robert DeLeo called “long overdue” on Tuesday, Jan. 24, but some lawmakers from both parties are conflicted about voting on pay raises for themselves and colleagues.

DeLeo, who led a closed caucus with House Democrats to explain the package that will be put to a vote today [Wednesday, Jan. 25], said he doesn’t expect everyone to agree with the move that will cost $6.5 million this fiscal year and between $12 million and $18 million in fiscal 2018.

“There’s never a right time to do this, no matter what the budget situation is, and I fully realize that, but for the sake of equity and especially for the members of the House, whether they be in the position I’m in or the chairman’s in or a rank-and-file member, this is something which I think is long overdue and needed to have full debate and discussion,” DeLeo said, speaking to reporters with Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey after the caucus.

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