No raises for state elected officials this year
Nov 17, 2020 5:30 am
Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics a salary commission November 16, determined statewide elected officials, state judges and the 213 members of the state Legislature will not receive pay raises in 2021. The commission's report found the economic climate is not good. The pay commission's report memorialized the budgetary concerns New York is facing due to the coronavirus pandemic, concluding the economic stress caused by the crisis makes pay increases unfeasible. "...[S]ubstantial additional state monies will be needed to deal with the pandemic, including providing face masks, virus tracking, contact tracing, enforcement efforts, and distribution of the hoped for new pandemic vaccine. Simply put the commissioners’ worst fears as articulated in the 2019 Report — a downturn in the state’s finances coupled with an inability to cover increased salary obligations — has unfortunately come to stark reality in the worst possible way. Granting raises to public servants, no matter how much they might otherwise deserve them, is simply not possible at this time," the panel wrote in its report. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.