Charlie Baker, Massachusetts' governor will see a big pay increase this year, making him the highest-paid governor in New England.
A couple years ago, Baker opposed a raise being pushed by state legislators.
“I'm not gonna take the pay raise,” Baker said in February of 2017. “The lieutenant governor's not gonna take the pay raise. And I'm not gonna take the stipend. Because there's still a lot of people in Massachusetts who are struggling and hurting, and I think it's important that we sort of stand by them.”
But that was then, and he changed his mind, announcing during this past campaign that he'd take the raise, and a hefty housing stipend, if re-elected. That means Baker will now earn $185,000 a year. The $33,000 hike makes him the top earner among New England governors.
Vermont's Governor comes the closest at about $178,000. Other New England states are in the middle of the pack.
But far below them is Maine, where the governor has earned $70,000 per year since 1987. A state law doubled the salary back then, but more recent efforts since to boost it have failed.
This report comes from the New England News Collaborative: Eight public media companies, including Rhode Island Public Radio, coming together to tell the story of a changing region, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.