Disgusting beyond words... Legislators in line for 5.5 percent raise By Associated Press Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - Added 6h ago BOSTON â€” Massachusetts lawmakers are in line to receive a 5.5 percent pay hike, even as they prepare to make deep cuts to state services. That would lift lawmakersâ€™ base pay from $58,237 to $61,440. Under a state law approved by voters in 1998, lawmakersâ€™ pay rises or falls every two years in sync with the stateâ€™s median household income. The law requires the governor to determine the change to the household income at the start of each two-year legislative session. Gov. Deval Patrick sent a letter to state Treasurer Timothy Cahill today saying heâ€™d determined the increase to be 5.5 percent. The timing is politically awkward as the state grapples with tumbling revenues and lawmakers face the prospect of slashing spending.