State legislators to get 4.2 percent pay raise in new year

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are getting a pay raise in the new year.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration announced Thursday that the annual base compensation for members of the House and Senate will go from the current $60,032 to $62,547, an increase of about 4.2 percent.

Under a 1998 amendment to the state constitution, salaries for legislators are tied to changes in the median household income for Massachusetts residents during the previous two-year period.

The governor is responsible for ascertaining the rate.

The new salary will be in effect for the 2017-2018 legislative session, which formally begins on Wednesday.

Legislative leaders and committee chairs earn extra pay. Many lawmakers also receive travel allowances for commuting from their districts to the Statehouse.

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