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Here’s how city council members voted on their own pay raise

The Boston City Council this week approved a measure that would give each member of the panel a $20,000 raise.

Here’s who voted for and against the pay hike — and what some of them had to say.


Council President Bill Linehan, of South Boston

“I believe that the council deserves a significant amount. . . . It is the duty and responsibility of the council to set by a vote their salaries. . . .

I understand that it’s difficult, especially for our newest members, who have just been elected nine months ago, and the mayor, who was just elected nine months ago -- who surely do not feel that this is an appropriate time to discuss giving yourself a raise.


And all of us would prefer not to be in this awkward position, but it is our responsibility.”

Bill Linehan, at center.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Councilor Frank Baker, of Dorchester

Frank Baker. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Councilor Mark Ciommo, of Allston-Brighton

Mark Ciommo. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Councilor Michael F. Flaherty Jr., at-large, chairman of Government Operations committee

“I rise to pull docket 1471 [and] put it on the floor for a discussion, possible amendments, and possible passage of a new draft. I’ll defer to [President Linehan] as the lead sponsor. Thank you, Mr. Chair.”

Michael Flaherty, center. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff/Globe staff

Councilor Tito Jackson, of Roxbury

“In my mind, public service shouldn’t be a subscription to poverty. I think it’s absolutely important that people who do this work are justly compensated.”

Tito Jackson, right. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff/Globe staff

Councilor Salvatore LaMattina, of East Boston

Salvatore LaMattina.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff/Globe staff

Councilor Timothy McCarthy, of Hyde Park

Timothy McCarthy. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Councilor Stephen J. Murphy, at-large

“Recovery has come for mostly everybody. . . . Does that mean the 13 people in this body are the only people that shouldn’t get a pay increase since 2006, while everybody else got one? So, it’s all on the backs of the 13 of us and that will keep the editorialists -- most of whom don’t live in the city -- happy.”


Stephen J. Murphy.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff/Globe staff

Councilor Charles C. Yancey, of Mattapan, said he would have voted for the higher raise originally proposed.

“I would have voted for it without any pangs of guilt or conscience because you folks are worth it. Each of you make great sacrifices to serve the people of the city of Boston.”

Charles C. Yancey.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff/Globe staff


Councilor Matt O’Malley, of West Roxbury

“I think $107,500 is still too high of a number and I will be voting against this.”

Matt O'Malley. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff/Globe staff

Councilor Ayanna Pressley, at-large

“For me, it’s not about criticism about editorial boards or anything other than public accountability to the people who sent us here and fairness. And so, in the spirit of fairness . . . I will be voting in the negative.’’

Ayanna Pressley. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff/Globe staff

Councilor Michelle Wu, at-large

“The decision about what is fair can’t be made in an unbiased way by us councilors as individuals even if it is for future terms. So I would not support a raise unless it’s done by some sort of independent commission. That’s different than the model we have. The Compensation Advisory Board is not fully independent. The five members are appointed by the mayor.”

Michelle Wu. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff/Globe staff

Councilor Josh Zakim, of Mission Hill

“As I said before, I’ve just had nine months on the council and I find it hard personally to justify a raise at this time. I recognize that my more senior colleagues are in a different position, especially many of you with families at home. But I think it is also important to note that as a body, we are well-compensated compared to many Bostonians.”


Josh Zakim. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff/Globe staff