House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Wednesday approved more than $1.3 million in pay raises for legislative employees.
The change is part of an effort to make sure statehouse workers keep up with a growing economy.
“I think the staff for all legislators do an outstanding job, and I think that as we see an increase in the cost of living, that pay for our staff members, our employees are definitely needed, said House Representative Carlos Gonzalez.
Lawmakers in both the house and senate raised their pay in 2017 over Governor Charlie Baker’s objections. In many cases, it was a significant increase.
The 4.2 percent increase put the legislative base salary around $62,000, and those in leadership positions earn more than $140,000.
State legislators are likely to see another pay bump in 2019 when Gov. Baker adjusts pay levels based on the states’ median household income.
Minimum wage is scheduled to rise in Massachusetts As of January 1, employers will have to pay a minimum of $12 per hour, up from $11.