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UMass admins find money in tight budget to hand out raises

UMass Amherst students head acroos campus: Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe

Despite budget issues, University of Massachusetts managed to give its staff hefty raises.

President Martin Meehan handed out salary raises up to $20,000 just months after sharp tuition increases, the Boston Herald reports. In the president’s office alone, eight people – including Meehan – now earn more than Governor Charlie Baker, who earns $150,000 a year.

A school spokeswoman told the Herald the university tries to pay staffers a similar wage found at like institutions.

“The concept of providing comparable compensation for people who perform comparable duties is key to attracting and retaining top-flight faculty and staff,’’ she said.

In addition to salary increases, UMass administrators moved into new Beacon Hill digs this year estimated to cost $1.5 million more a year in rent than the old offices, the Herald reports. The pay raises also came despite a budget deadlock between President Meehan and state legislature.

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