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The law provides for increases in the salaries of members of the legislature and the constitutional officers of the Commonwealth.

The law increases salaries of members of the legislature by an annual amount varying from $1,853 to $17,923. The size of the raise conferred on a particular individual depends upon his position within the legislature. The law has the effect of setting the base salary for a legislator at $20,335, but under the law legislative salaries range as high as the approximately
$55,920 paid to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The salaries of the constitutional officers are increased either by $20,000, in the case of the Governor, or $10,000 in all other cases. The law raises the annual salary of the Governor to $60,000, that of the Attorney General to $47,500, and the salaries of the Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Treasurer and Receiver General, and the Auditor to $40,000.

The law also amends the statutes pertaining to the organization of the offices of the Secretaries of Administration and Finance and of Human Services and to the compensation of senior officials within those offices. It gives the Secretaries of Administration and Finance and of Human Services greater flexibility in establishing positions and setting salaries for those under their supervision.

1980 Nov 4 :: State of Massachusetts :: Question 4 :: ReferendumDo you approve of a law summarized below, which was approved by the House of Representatives on November 1, 1979, by a vote of 83-62, and which was approved by the Senate on November 1, 1979?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
3,602
23,982
4,142
27,584
31,726
Precinct 1
 
79
548
111
627
738
Precinct 2
 
54
445
70
499
569
Precinct 3
 
46
518
76
564
640
Precinct 4
 
50
591
109
641
750
Precinct 5
 
38
477
78
515
593
Precinct 1
 
39
211
69
250
319
Precinct 2
 
103
516
116
619
735
Precinct 3
 
49
288
64
337
401
Precinct 4
 
145
556
106
701
807
Precinct 5
 
118
614
80
732
812
Precinct 6
 
78
415
98
493
591
Precinct 1
 
130
709
154
839
993
Precinct 2
 
105
588
131
693
824
Precinct 3
 
118
741
79
859
938
Precinct 4
 
99
673
112
772
884
Precinct 5
 
141
496
103
637
740
Precinct 1
 
76
722
114
798
912
Precinct 2
 
61
499
109
560
669
Precinct 3
 
109
732
134
841
975
Precinct 4
 
130
754
131
884
1,015
Precinct 5
 
73
737
154
810
964
Precinct 6
 
108
735
127
843
970
Precinct 1
 
85
597
115
682
797
Precinct 2
 
88
598
125
686
811
Precinct 3
 
87
681
104
768
872
Precinct 4
 
110
703
67
813
880
Precinct 5
 
83
538
90
621
711
Precinct 6
 
91
706
102
797
899
Precinct 1
 
104
750
116
854
970
Precinct 2
 
123
766
103
889
992
Precinct 3
 
97
665
100
762
862
Precinct 4
 
112
646
98
758
856
Precinct 5
 
93
551
76
644
720
Precinct 1
 
75
752
114
827
941
Precinct 2
 
111
693
98
804
902
Precinct 3
 
139
832
156
971
1,127
Precinct 4
 
159
1,114
234
1,273
1,507
Precinct 5
 
96
825
119
921
1,040
Totals
 
3,602
23,982
4,142
27,584
31,726