By Bob Katzen

The House 157-0, approved a $5.2 million consolidated amendment that funds Constitutional Officers, State Administration and Transportation.

This amendment includes a $9,000 pay raise, from $36,025 to $45,025, for the eight members of the Governor’s Council which provides advice and consent on gubernatorial appointments, pardons and prison sentence commutations.

Rep. John Lawn (D-Watertown) did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on why he proposed the section of the consolidated amendment that provides the 25 percent pay hike.

“The budgeting process at the Statehouse is completely broke,” said Paul Craney, spokesman for the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. “This is just one example of how taxpayer dollars get thrown around with no account. There’s absolutely no excuse why the amendment sponsor or a member of the House leadership team couldn’t have made their case as to why they feel these pay increases are necessary. Why even bother having a House chamber if they’re going to conduct all of their debates in rooms that the press and public are barred from entering,” asked Craney.

(A “Yes” vote is for the consolidated amendment that includes the $9,000 pay raise.)

Rep. Christine Barber Yes Rep. Mike Connolly Yes Rep. Erika Uyterhoeven Yes

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