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Tue November 27, 2012
Legislature's Staffers to Receive Raises
Massachusetts' two top lawmakers are handing out raises to hundreds of staffers even as the state faces declining revenues that could force budget cuts.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray agreed to the 3 percent raises last week.
The Democratic leaders have the authority to dole out raises. House employees haven't seen an increase since 2008.
While DeLeo gave the 3 percent raise to 460 House employees, Murray gave the raises just to her staff.
A spokesman for Murray said individual senators control their own office and staff and can make their own decisions about raises.
State tax collections for the past four months have fallen below expectations.
Gov. Deval Patrick says legislative leaders can do what they want as long as they live within their budgets as the state must. Patrick says he's waiting to see November revenues before making any decisions about potential budget cuts.