“Given the commonwealth’s fiscal outlook as we continue to right-size our budget, close the structural deficit and reduce the reliance on one-time revenues without raising taxes, we felt it was important to veto this fiscally irresponsible legislation,” Baker told reporters at a press conference in his Statehouse office, with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito standing next to him.
Okay Charlie, in short, your position is that “now is not the time to raise the wages of or state legislators”.
Charlie, these people make about $60K a year.
I made more than that as a service dispatcher for a repair company. You can make that as a department manager at a grocery store.
Oh, I know, this is supposed be a “part time” position. Have you ever spoken with a state senator or representative? I have. While on the surface, it appears to be a “part time” position and many supplement their income with side jobs, it’s not a “part time: position. Well, it may be if they never leave their house to shop for groceries or go out to dinner with their spouse. It may be considered a “part time” position if they never answer their phones or check emails. The truth is that it is a full time, almost full life position. When constituents call for help, or see the rep or senator shopping at the market and have a question or problem do you really expect them to reply with “sorry, I’m off at the moment. It’s just a part time job, serving you, protecting your rights in the Commonwealth, and I’m off at the moment, Please try again later”. Is THIS the government you want for the citizens of Massachusetts?
But I digress.
If now is not the time to raise the wages of our state legislators, what is the time? Specifically, what economic/budget/employment conditions must exist before Charlie Baker will approve a pay raise for these public servants of Massachusetts? In addition, can you point to a time in our state’s history where these conditions actually existed? Finally, what changes are you suggesting to get to these conditions, assuming they exist and have existed before?
My hunch is that you, like so many Republicans today, want our government run by people who are wealthy enough to work without a salary, you know, people like Donald Trump.