For the Democrats:
Robert DeLeo pushed for and received a $45,000 a year raise. The Democrat-controlled Legislature approved a bill authorizing several increases, which are worth about $18 million per year. I support this. DO you HEAR that, members of the legislature? I support this. I am not going to tell members of the legislature that they lack the education and jobs skills to deserve higher wages – and they simply need to find a better job. I am going to respect them as citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who deserve a fair wage.
If we do not raise the salaries of our legislators, only wealthy individuals like Baker and Polito will be able to afford to be a legislator. As CEO of Harvard Pilgrim, Baker raked in over $1.5 Million a year. Karyn Polito pocketed more than $100,000 in pay from her real estate company last year on top of her state salary, and just moved into a million-dollar home that includes her own private island.
If this is to be a government “of the people”, we must raise salaries to at least be competitive wit the private sector. If, however, we with to make the salaries so low so that only people like Charlie Baker, Karen Polito, and Donald Trump can afford to run for office and accept the jobs at no pay, or no raises, we will get what we deserve.
Okay? I’ve made my stand. I’ve taken sides. I FULLY support the raise in wages for the legislators in the Commonwealth.
Now for the Republicans:
On the issue of pay raises for legislators, Governor Baker was in opposition and remarked, “There’s still a lot of people in Massachusetts who are struggling and hurting and I think its important that we, sort of, stand by them.” Excuse me, but what did you mean by “sort of” stand by them? Do you mean stand by them in photo shoots for your re-election campaign as you blame the Democrats for their plight? Why “sort of” sand by them? Why not stand FOR them?
So here is what I propose. A veritable Win/Win/Win if there ever was one!
Mr. DeLeo, members of the state legislature, Governor Baker, if you agree that a lot of people in Massachusetts are struggling and hurting and it is important that we take a stand for them (as I have for you, Mr. DeLeo), (and as you seem to indicate, Governor Baker)……how about you folks get together and hammer out two things? Just two
- A $15 Minimum Wage for all working class citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts effective the moment Mr. DeLeo and the legislators get their raises.
- A tax rate increase of 4 percentage points on income over $1 million.
The legislature gets a well deserved raise. The Commonwealth gets a deserved raise in its tax receivables. The legislature, along with our governor get to show real honest compassion and offer a real honest solution, improving the lives of over a half a million people.
Or, the legislature could take the money and ignore the plight of working class and the governor could continue to sort of stand by them.