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A state-created commission says the commonwealth's top elected officials, starting with the governor, should get pay raises. The governor's annual salary, the commission suggested, should rise from $151,800 to $185,000, and the governor should receive a $65,000 housing allowance (Massachusetts, unlike most states, does not have an executive mansion for the governor.) The panel also recommends raises of more than 70 percent for the House speaker and Senate president, to $175,000 annually with the attorney general and treasurer also getting hefty bumps to $170,000. However, those receiving raises would be barred from earning outside income, other than income from investments, while in office, according to published reports. Governor-elect Charlie Baker has indicated his opposition to the raises, while outgoing Gov. Deval Patrick said he would support them if the legislature sends him an acceptable plan to balance the state budget. In this week's Flash Poll, we throw the question to you:
Should the state’s top political officeholders receive the pay raises recommended by a state-appointed commission?
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