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

a12iggymom's Blog

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…

View original post 1,035 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s