BOSTON (WWLP) – A report released by a special panel Monday` recommends that top state leaders should be paid more.
State lawmakers created this special panel, but members were chosen by some of the state’s most powerful people. After nearly four months of research, a seven member panel concluded that top state leaders, including the governor, should receive salary increases.
The commission is headed Ira Jackson, a dean at UMass Boston, who was appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick. Jackson told 22News that he doesn’t think that the proposed pay increases will affect taxpayers.
“We feel strongly that this is cost-neutral to taxpayers,” Jackson said.
The governor also appointed three other panel members: Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation president Michael Widmer, Dr. Lynn Griesemer, an executive director under the UMass system, and Mary Ann Ashton, who represents women voters. State Auditor Suzanne Bump picked Simmons College Dean Cathy Minehan and Secretary of State William Galvin chose Chris Kealey of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable.
The state’s budget undersecretary, Scott Jordan, was also on the board.
The panel claims they are non-partisan, and conducted their research on their own time and were not paid.