Massachusetts lawmakers will receive a pay cut this year, Governor Patrick included. The cut is equivalent to about $1,000 from the annual base pay of $61,132.
Governor Patrick announced the cuts this week, "As required by Article CXVIII of the Amendments to the Constitution, for the purpose of adjusting the base compensation of members of the General Court, we have ascertained, from the federal census American Community Survey and reports of average weekly wages, that the median household income for the Commonwealth for the preceding two-year period decreased by 1.8 percent," Patrick stated in a letter to State Treasurer Steven Grossman.
The governor will be impacted by the pay cut, as will the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state auditor and state senators and representatives. This will be the second consecutive legislative session in which base pay has been reduced, a reflection of the slumping economy in recent years.
According to AP, Officials salaries dropped in 2011 as well.