UPDATE: Panel Recommends Salary Hikes For Top Pols
An advisory board recommends increasing the Massachusetts governor's annual pay to $250,000 while also giving sizable raises to other statewide officials and top legislative leaders.
The Special Advisory Commission on Public Compensation says the governor's pay should increase from $151,800 to $185,000 plus a new, yearly $65,000 housing allowance.
The panel created by the Legislature recommends increasing the salary for attorney general and state treasurer to $175,000. They would also increase the salary of the House speaker and Senate president from about $102,000 to $175,000.
The commission says the higher pay would help attract talented individuals to state government. Currently, about 1,250 state employees earn more than governor
The recommendations would have to be approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor. Gov.-elect Charlie Baker said now isn't the time for pay raises.