This from the Boston Herald:
Mayor Thomas M. Menino's scramble to avoid embarrassing union protests during last summer's Democratic National Convention resulted in nearly $40 million in pay hikes that pushed the city budget past the unprecedented $2 billion mark, a watchdog agency charged.
In addition to the nearly $40 million salary hike, the mayor's $2.045 billion budget includes more than $20 million in health care cost increases and $39.7 million in pension hikes. The entire budget, which needs City Council approval, marks the first time the city's budget has cracked $2 billion and represents a $116 million increase or 6 percent.
Total budget - $2.045 billion. It is $116 million more than last year's budget, or a 6 percent hike. By comparison, the 2005 budget was $40.7 million higher than the previous year, or 2.1 percent.