Editorial: Pay raise discussion an unworthy distraction

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The dominant political story of the past week has been the debate over pay raises for Worcester’s mayor and City Council.

You read that correctly.

Worcester Magazine reported: “Councilors are entitled to the raise in every even calendar year, the result of [an] amended salary ordinance in 2007. The raises are tied to the Consumer Price Index. Combined with past salary increases that were waived, councilors this year may earn $31,444 – up from $29,000.

Worcester City Hall

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Worcester City Hall

“The mayor earns more than his colleagues, $34,000. His new salary would be approximately $36,000.”

The mayor and councilors are the only members of city government who have the option to waive the pay raise.

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