Thursday, January 8, 2009

GOP Members Reject Pay Raises

Several of us here in the GOP caucus have decided accepting a pay raise during this tough economic climate is not something we are comfortable doing.

The pay raise, recently announced by Governor Patrick, would increase the legislators’ base pay from $58,237 to $61,440. However, citing tough economic times, the members do not think it is fair to the people of the Commonwealth to accept a pay raise, while so many people throughout the Commonwealth are instead collecting pink slips.

Some of us will be rejecting the pay raise all together, while others have decided to donate the pay raise to local charities in their respective districts.