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Commission decides Albany lawmakers to get large raises

Dec 07, 2018 12:45 am
Jon Campbell reports in the Democrat and Chronicle that New York lawmakers have not gotten a raise in 20 years, but now are in line to be among the best paid in the country. The state Compensation Committee, a panel of current and former comptrollers, recommended Dec. 6 that New York's 213 lawmakers get a 64 percent raise, from $79,500 now to $130,000 in 2021. The raises for legislators take effect Jan. 1 unless lawmakers, who aren't scheduled in Albany any time soon, pass legislation to stop the increases. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $179,000 salary would increase to $250,000 in 2021 if lawmakers approve that plan in January. "We looked at comparables and New York does not compare well to other jurisdictions and there haven’t been raises in 20 years," said H. Carl McCall, the SUNY Board of Trustees chair and former state comptroller who led the committee. Read the full story in the Democrat and Chronicle.
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