Despite recent news that the state is projected to take in less than expected in tax revenues, State House leaders last week announced three percent salary raises for staff of representatives and some senators, the Globe reported.
But the increases are justified since the lawmakers' staff haven't had a raise since 2008, says Seth Gitell, a spokesman for House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo.
"It’s been more than four years since the last cost-of-living adjustment,” Gitell said Monday, according to the Globe. “Previously, employees received cost-of-living increases every one or, in many cases, every one or two years. There hasn’t been one in a long time.”
Last week, DeLeo gave raises to all 460 people who work in the House, and Senate President Therese Murray gave raises to people who work directly for her. Gitell said the cuts will be paid for from the current House budget since it covers fewer employees than it did in 2009.