Baker deciding whether to approve legislative pay raise

Base salary is currently just over $60,000

Massachusetts House Chamber

BOSTON (WWLP) – Could the 200 elected state lawmakers be getting a pay raise in the new year? Governor Charlie Baker has to decide by January whether to allow such an increase, and determine how much.

The base salary for lawmakers is just over $60,000, and some receive a $7,500 stipend if they chair a committee. The house speaker and senate president each receive an additional $3,500.

Legislative pay is based on median family income over the past two years, and lawmakers haven’t seen an increase in eight years. Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow) told 22News that the state has to provide a competitive salary to attract the best employees.

“I’m happy with the pay I get, but what I do think is you need good people in government, and you need to attract good people to government, and to do that, you need to pay competitively. That is for all state employees, that includes elected officials,” Lesser said.

Governor Baker has until January 4 to decide whether to give lawmakers a pay hike.