BOSTON (WWLP) – In a strongly worded statement, Governor Charlie Baker blasted the Legislature’s decision to override his veto of the pay increase. He indicated that the House and Senate failed to protect the people’s hard-earned dollars.
Below is a statement from Governor Baker regarding the vote to override his veto:
While Lt. Governor Polito and I are thankful for our collaborative relationship with the Legislature, we are disappointed in their decision to override this veto and believe it is fiscally irresponsible to increase compensation for elected officials given the current fiscal outlook for the state.
One of the key roles of elected officials is to protect the people’s hard earned tax dollars. Authorizing this drastic salary increase with limited debate defies this obligation and places an undue financial burden on the people of Massachusetts. Lt. Governor Polito and I will reject this pay increase and any stipends associated with the law.
The override of the Governor’s veto first passed in the House, 116-43, Thursday afternoon. All 18 western Massachusetts House democrats voted for the pay raise. The region’s four republicans voted no to the override.
The override passed in the Senate, 31-9, but it was not along party lines for western Massachusetts Senators. All but one Senate Democrat voted for the override. Democrat Anne Gobi joined lone Republican Don Humason in voting against the pay raise.
Both House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg will get about a $45,000 raises. Senator Rosenberg told 22News, “We have the room within our operating budget in the legislature to fund our share of this and that we will do.”
The Governor has said the pay raise package will cost tax payers $18-million a year. Senator Rosenberg said it will not require any additional appropriation.
The following voted “YES” for the pay raise:
- Brian Ashe, (D) Longmeadow
- Gailanne Cariddi, (D) North Adams
- Tricia Farley-Bouvier, (D) Pittsfield
- Mike Finn, (D) West Springfield
- Carlos Gonzalez, (D) Springfield
- Solomon Goldstein-Rose, (D) Amherst
- Peter Kocot, (D) Northampton
- Stephen Kulik, (D) Worthington
- Paul Mark, (D) Peru
- Thomas Petrolati, (D) Ludlow
- William Pignatelli, (D) Lenox
- Angelo Puppolo, (D) Springfield
- John Scibak, (D) South Hadley
- Jose Tosado, (D) Springfield
- Aaron Vega, (D) Holyoke
- John Velis, (D) Westfield
- Joseph Wagner, (D) Chicopee
- Bud Williams, (D) Springfield
The following voted “NO” to the override:
- Nick Boldyga, (R) Southwick
- Donald Berthiaume, (R) Spencer
- Todd Smola, (R) Warren
- Susannah Whipps, (R) Athol
The following voted “YES” for the override:
- Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, (D) Amherst
- Eric Lesser, (D) Longmeadow
- Adam Hinds, (D) Pittsfield
- James Welch, (D) West Springfield
The following voted “NO” for the pay raise:
- Anne Gobi, (D) Spencer
- Don Humason, (R) Westfield