Pay raise in Albany at issue – Timing is questioned by some legislators

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JOSEPH SPECTOR

ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF

ALBANY — More than three-dozen state lawmakers have faced ethics woes since 2000.

New York has one of the worst business climates in the country, and the state Legislature already is the third highest paid in the nation for what is technically a part-time job.

Now some state lawmakers want a raise.

Talks are heating up about a potential pay raise for the 213 state legislators before the year ends. Supporters say it’s needed; opponents say it’s not.

Proponents said that the $79,500 base salary hasn’t changed since 1999, and the salary is low for lawmakers who live in New York City and its suburbs — where the cost of living is much higher than the rest of the state. The salary, which can be boosted by leadership posts, has discouraged people from getting into public office and perhaps fueled corruption, backers said.

Assembly Majority…

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Ghost Breitbart Non-Racistly Observes That The Blacks Just Love Looting & Rioting | Wonkette

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This one's bad enough that we need to bring in the puppy gifsSo, hey, you might call it kind of racist if a writer were to start off a column by saying something like this, mightn’t you:

Black America’s favorite past time is back on full display in Ferguson, MO, as looting and rioting breaks out after the fatal shooting death of an unarmed 18-year old by Ferguson law enforcement.

Well, you would in fact be wrong, because that sentence was written by Sonnie Johnson, an actual black woman, at Dead Breitbart’s Center For Decrying Black Hatred Of Whites, so there is not the least bit of pandering to stereotypes at all there, just a clear-eyed assessment of The Blacks’ basic inability to be civilized.

Read more at http://wonkette.com/556829/ghost-breitbart-non-racistly-observes-that-the-blacks-just-love-looting-rioting#Ajm12EdsPxgYGcXS.99

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