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.
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