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Top state officials to receive pay raise in new year

December 29, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — Top officials in Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration will be seeing a little something extra in their paychecks in the new year.

Eligible cabinet secretaries, agency heads and commissioners can look forward to a 5.5 percent hike.

Most members of the Republican governor’s office will receive the same increase beginning Tuesday.

Chief Human Resources Officer Ronald Arigo said members of the governor’s office have not received the merit pay increases other executive branch managers received over the past four years. Some employees aren’t eligible since they were just hired.

Baker’s salary will jump from $151,800 to $185,000 plus a $65,000 housing allowance.

The base pay for state lawmakers will also jump by nearly 6 percent, bringing their annual pay from $62,547 to $66,256. Those in leadership positions will earn considerably more.

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