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Proposal to increase state legislator salaries by 64 percent blasted

HYDE PARK – A state compensation committee proposal to hike the salaries of state legislators by 64 percent over a three-year period is being opposed by Senator Susan Serino (R, Hyde Park).

“Now is absolutely not the right time to give raises to politicians,” she said, noting that she has refused to accept taxpayer-funded travel reimbursements for years.

Serino said with residents across the state “still struggling to make ends meet,” a substantial pay raise for lawmakers could result in “drastically increased taxes.”

The senator said the process “completely circumvents the voices of New Yorkers by bypassing the legislature and the very people elected to represent them (and) will absolutely encourage lawmakers to become career politicians.”

Serino said for her, the job has “always been about the people, not about the paycheck.”

Under the proposal, state legislator salaries would increase from the current $79,000 a year to $130,000 in 2021.

The governor’s salary, current at $179,000, would rise to $200,000 in 2019 and to $250,000 in 2021.


 


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