Ten state legislators refuse to take raise - Sentinel & Enterprise

Fewer than half of the legislators on Beacon Hill who turned down a pay raise last year amid the economic recession have done the same this year. Full Story
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Overtaxed

Clinton, MA

#1 Jan 24, 2010
I love the empty gesture of "I'm turning my raise over to charity." Reality being, they're still taking the raise from the state's funds, they are still receiving the money, ensuring that their retirement percentage is still based on the higher salary amount and their 'charitable' donation is a great tax deduction (if it's even made). Oh, yes, what a sacrifice, you generous souls. The towns are the ones in need of charity.
gmof

AOL

#2 Jan 24, 2010
Overtaxed wrote:
I love the empty gesture of "I'm turning my raise over to charity." Reality being, they're still taking the raise from the state's funds, they are still receiving the money, ensuring that their retirement percentage is still based on the higher salary amount and their 'charitable' donation is a great tax deduction (if it's even made). Oh, yes, what a sacrifice, you generous souls. The towns are the ones in need of charity.
That is exactly what I was thinking when I read this. I wonder if Brown would do the same?
Luther Manning

North Brookfield, MA

#3 Jan 24, 2010
Did Jen Flanagan take the raise? And seeing she's the head of some committee, that's extra pay. What's her salary now ?
Resident

Fitchburg, MA

#4 Jan 24, 2010
Of course fat a55 Flanagan is taking the raise. She needs to keep eating, doesn't she? Jen, put the corndog down.
Rich

Leominster, MA

#5 Jan 24, 2010
Jennifer is takimg the raise because she's a money hog and a food hog and a true liberal.
richie - burlington

Arlington, MA

#6 Jan 24, 2010
raise!!! they should get paid by the hour for the amount they spend working
The gov should not take his pay at all
rasberry

Worcester, MA

#7 Jan 24, 2010
they should let us pay them min wage like they say is o.k. for us sometimes you feel like a nut sometimes you dont
fed up

Clinton, MA

#8 Jan 24, 2010
also did Dennis Roaa take the raise. Last year he donated it to charity becuase he felt he didn't earn it. I'd like to know that if he took it what does he feel he did in the past year to earn it. The answer should tell us if we should re-elect him again. ALso, Jen Flanagan never turns down a penny never mind thousands. Again, ask her what she has done to deserve a raise. The private sector receives raises based on performance and not the cost of living. So how has their perfomance been and do they deserve a raise.
Stamos

Fitchburg, MA

#9 Jan 24, 2010
The Democrats deserve the raise
Fizbo

North Brookfield, MA

#10 Jan 24, 2010
Jen Flanagan makes around $65,00 per year, as she get additional pay for being on some committee.

Let's not forget the members of the legislature also get a daily stipend ($100?) per day for going to work.

And members of the legislature who reside more than 50 miles from Boston are exempt from paying taxes on their income. Reason being living more than 50 miles from Boston was deemed a hardship.

Let's also consider the job of the MA legislature is considered "part time" in some views.
Fizbo

North Brookfield, MA

#11 Jan 24, 2010
Resident wrote:
Of course fat a55 Flanagan is taking the raise. She needs to keep eating, doesn't she? Jen, put the corndog down.
Why is it every time I see Jen's photo in the paper, she's dressed in black ?
tax payer

Lunenburg, MA

#12 Jan 24, 2010
The stipend for travel from Leominster is $36.00 for each travel to Boston.
The editor of the Sentinel like normal did not mention Rep Rosa in this article for giving back his pay raise to charity, mind you before he even received it. You can see the actual amount to each charity on his web site Dennisrosa.com
Ever since Jeff McMenemy picked the loser, Freda to win the reps race, Rosa receives very limited coverage.
The sentinel is a joke when it actually comes to covering political news. Too bad we could not vote out the editor, than perhaps we could get real coverage on our politicians.
I would like to see who Benson gave her money to and the amount to each charity because I doubt it was the entire raise. Put the sentinel failed to determine that also.
Bruce Marion

Fitchburg, MA

#13 Jan 24, 2010
In 35 years I have never refused a raise at McDonalds, in fact I welcome it
tax payer

Lunenburg, MA

#14 Jan 24, 2010
PS.... the Sentinel mention in the end of the article about State Repís being asked to take a five day furlough. They also failed to mention that Rep Rosa was one of the first Reps to take the five day furlough which amounted to a one weeks pay. He continues to be generous to as many organizations as he can. Rosa voted against the tax increase, voted to abolish Bunker Hill day and Evacuation day, and against the pandemic bill. He voted for the education reform bill which ruffled unionís feather. Not to mention Rosa brought in $372,000 plus in storm relief reimbursement for Leominster, more than any other community in the North Worcester County.
Good Times

Bolton, MA

#15 Jan 24, 2010
Exactly who is fooled by these empty token gestures?

Anyone? I didn't think so.

Oh sure, these nitwits will give some charity a few pennies, while they're hefting millions to some bloated, hulking portion of the state bureaucracy.

Nice try. Not fooled.

“"What is the news?"”

Since: Jan 09

Leominster

#16 Jan 25, 2010
Rosa's the least of our worries and Flanagan said she gave last year's raise to local charities,I know because I asked her.
I know most would be disgusted if they knew half the things that went on in our statehouse.
If we knew,more folks might run for office so as to upset incumbents' chances for re-election.
Regardless of party,voting in one that may screw up less might help.
In NH legislators are paid $1 plus travel expenses.
I'd like it if pols would give back more than just their raises,I'd also like a classless society...guess I'll have to settle for giant douches and turd sandwiches...
isnt it ironic

AOL

#17 Jan 25, 2010
"I'd also like a classless society...guess I'll have to settle for giant douches and turd sandwiches..."

with that quote it looks like you achieved your goal, though I am sure you intended a different meaning for "classless".
Would like to know

Gardner, MA

#18 Jan 25, 2010
Bruce Marion wrote:
In 35 years I have never refused a raise at McDonalds, in fact I welcome it
Bruce makes a real good point, how many of you would pass up a raise if one was given to you. Furthermore, how many of you, if you had the chance to give yourselves a raise, would go over the top and give yourselves more than others are getting. Obviously with the amount of insults that are on this forum, our Legislators don't get paid enough for what they have to deal with.
Poppycock

Worcester, MA

#19 Jan 25, 2010
Would like to know wrote:
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Obviously with the amount of insults that are on this forum, our Legislators don't get paid enough for what they have to deal with.
Well, if they actually acted in the best interest of their constituencies they would not be insulted. The majority voted to increase our taxes. The past 3 House Speakers have been indicted by the Feds - 2 are now felons. One Senator just screwed himself by violating his release conditions, another was caught stuffing money in her bra. They have done nothing to restrict eldery drivers - even after a 4 year old was killed by one. They failed to pass MEANINGFUL reform on drunk drivers.

Why should I respect them? I did not vote for most of them, and most of them could not care less about the citizenry. Screw 'em.
Would like to know

Gardner, MA

#20 Jan 25, 2010
Poppycock wrote:
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Well, if they actually acted in the best interest of their constituencies they would not be insulted. The majority voted to increase our taxes. The past 3 House Speakers have been indicted by the Feds - 2 are now felons. One Senator just **** himself by violating his release conditions, another was caught stuffing money in her bra. They have done nothing to restrict eldery drivers - even after a 4 year old was killed by one. They failed to pass MEANINGFUL reform on drunk drivers.
Why should I respect them? I did not vote for most of them, and most of them could not care less about the citizenry.****'em.
That last line was to get people's ire up. I do somewhat agree with you, there have been some that have not acted like they should and do not understand they are held to a higher standard. They feel that the people owe them as opposed to the other way around.

But if you HONESTLY look at our Representatives, you might see differently. Our Senators from this area, Flanagan and Brewer, work tirelessly for their districts and I would like to see anybody prove otherwise. You may not agree with their beliefs, but you can't argue thier work ethic. Then our Reps, again, you have Rosa, DiNatale, Rice, and Evangelidis, again, all tireless workers for their Districts( I would like to see someone prove otherwise, not just hearsay or rumor, but actual proof). I have not seen or heard of anything close to improper behavior from those mentioned above. Especially since they are in organizations that don't frown too much on that type of behavior (see your post above). You may not agree with them but that doesn't make them bad people. There are many people on both sides of the aisle that feel they have to HATE the other if they don't agree but what they don't understand is the Representatives themselves don't feel or believe that edict.

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