Robert DeLeo rammed through his own $45,000 a year raise – and an over ride of Governor Baker’s veto to get it. He now earns $142,000 a year – immediately, no waiting. No over ride for the cut to opiod addiction services. No over ride of the cuts to care for the children’s most medically needy children either. But for $18,000,000 in legislative pay raises – you bet. DeLeo also made sure that term limits on the House Speaker were abolished.
Some call him “King DeLeo” with some reason. Was he betting on the electorate being distracted by the Trump circus? Could be. Addiction services and medical care for desperately ill children deserved over rides. This bloated pay raise package did not. Glad to hear Gov. Baker and Lt. Gov. Polito are foregoing theirs.
I would have been delighted by over rides to Gov Baker’s mean spirited 9C cuts, which as usual claimed to balance the budget on the backs of the poor. An over ride to grow the payroll by this amount, in one year while cutting those services? The nicest thing I can say about it is “That stinks.”