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Massachusetts Lawmakers Get 6 Percent Pay Hike in New Year

The annual pay for Bay State lawmakers will go from $62,547 to $66,256

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    Massachusetts Lawmakers Get 6 Percent Pay Hike in New Year

    Minimum wage workers in Massachusetts aren't the only ones who'll see a bump in their pay in the new year.

    Beginning next week, the base pay for state lawmakers will increase by nearly 6 percent, bringing their annual pay from $62,547 to $66,256.

    The increase is required by the Massachusetts Constitution, which mandates that the pay for lawmakers must increase or decrease at the start of each two-year session at the same rate the state's median household income increases or decreases.

    The constitution also requires that the increase or decrease be determined by the governor.

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    Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday sent a letter to Democratic state Treasurer Deb Goldberg affirming the 5.93 percent increase.

    On Jan. 1, the state's minimum hourly wage will also increase, from $11 to $12 an hour.

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