BOSTON (WWLP) – On Election Day, Massachusetts voters selected two-hundred state lawmakers, a new attorney general, treasurer and a new governor-elect. A bipartisan commission has already begun studying their salaries and comparing it to those in other states, as well as the private sector.
“We’ve reached not any conclusions that are firm and fast, we’re waiting to hear from the public, but we do believe that changes are necessary and reform should accompany those changes,” said commission chairman Ira Jackson.
State representatives and senators make a base pay of around $60,000 a year. They get a stipend if they hold leadership positions and get paid to commute to work.I talked to the Co-President of the state’s League of Women Voters who testified before the commission. She believes state lawmakers should be paid more for what they do.
“The role of a legislator and elected official is important enough that they should be able to have a sufficient salary that they do not need to work outside of that,” said Co-President Anne Borg.
Any changes to the salaries of state elected officials must first be approved by the legislature and signed off by the governor. The commission expects to issue their final report next month.
The commission will hold their final public hearing at the State Office Building in Springfield on Friday, November 14. For details, click here.