The City Council today unanimously approved pay raises for themselves - to go into effect after the next election, the mayor and other top appointed officials and said all hard-working city employees should get raises, even if the council can't give them any increases, because that's subject to bargaining between the mayor's office and municipal unions.
Starting after the 2021 council election, councilors will make $125,000, up from the current $103,500, while Mayor Wu will get a bump up to $250,000 from her current $207,000 - if she wins re-election in 2025. Councilors also approved increases for the police and fire commissioners and other top appointed officials, with those raises going into effect immediately.
Councilors said they were only doing what they must to ensure Boston stays inline with its "peer cities," such as Washington DC., Seattle and Minneapolis. Currently, Washington and Seattle councilors make more than Boston ones. Minneapolis council members make the same as Boston councilors, but Councilor Ruthzee Louijeune (at large) said housing is so much cheaper there than here.
Council President Ed Flynn acknowledged that rank-and-file city employees mostly make less than councilors, but added, "they, too, deserve a pay raise."
"We work best when we work together," he said.
Among those supporting the raises at a hearing on Monday: Former Councilor Tito Jackson, who, in an earlier debate about council wages, said he almost lost his house to foreclosure when he ran for seat the first time.