BOSTON (WWLP) – The Governor’s Council is a part-time panel, and their main job is to approve judges and Parole Board members. The eight members could now be in line to receive a generous pay raise to the tune of $10-thousand.
It was tucked into the state budget that your lawmakers sent to the Governor’s desk on Wednesday. Their pay could go from $26-thousand each year to $36-thousand beginning in 2016, if the Governor doesn’t veto the proposal.
It’s a part-time job, so councilors typically have a second job. State Sen. Ben Downing of Pittsfield told 22News thinks there are better ways to spend those tax dollars. He said, “I don’t think there’s a justification, quite frankly, for the pay raise. I have trouble personally justifying the existence of the Governor’s Council.”
Western Massachusetts councilor Michael Albano said that state ethics laws prohibit him from taking a stance on the pay raise, but he said the job keeps him busy.