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House to debate sticky issue of pay hikes for politicians

BOSTON (AP) – A bill calling for up to $ 18 million in annual pay raises for Massachusetts legislators, statewide elected officials and judges is expected to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives.

In advance of the debate on Wednesday, legislative leaders defended the proposed salary hikes, with Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo saying the matter was “long overdue” for discussion.

DeLeo and Democratic Senate President Stan Rosenberg would earn $ 142,547 under the proposal, a $ 45,000 increase in base pay. Salary hikes would also be in store for other members of the Democratic and Republican leadership, and for the chairs of key legislative committees.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s salary would climb from $ 151,800 to $ 185,000, with an additional $ 65,000 housing allowance. Baker says he’s “quite content” with his current salary.

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