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New York Gov. Hochul announces "parameters of conceptual" budget deal, two weeks after deadline

Four Massachusetts Constitutional Officers Won't Take Pay Raises

The Massachusetts State House

    Most of the elected state officers in Massachusetts are turning down the higher pay checks they could get now that the state legislature has overridden Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of the controversial pay package.

    Attorney General Maura Healey and Treasurer Deb Goldberg are joining Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito in turning down the big pay raises that Baker labeled “fiscally irresponsible” in his veto message.

    Sec of State Bill Galvin said he’ll accept a to-be-determined portion of the raise. Auditor Suzanne Bump said she’ll take all of her new $165,000 salary.

    The bill boosts the compensation for the House Speaker and Senate President by 45 percent and raises the pay for legislative leaders and committee chairpersons, judges, and many courthouse workers.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.