Monday, August 22, 2016

WDT: Obligatory Answer Will Generate Requisite News Stories

       You have to give this answer when the media comes a calling.The candidates in the 115th AD gave the easy answer to the hot button question....Should state lawmaker salaries go up ?
        In the 115th, one candidate is a Sheriff and the other a retired Corrections employee. They already have pensions to which the current Assembly pay will add to. So it's an easy refusal, although they don't mean it.
       They may not have to. This WDT story says the proposed hikes from a pay commission take effect anyway barring affirmative action by the Legislature.
        Currently a NNY lawmaker with lulus and per diems makes just over $100K, about the same as a State Trooper or a school principal.
        That someone picked by voters makes six figures bothers some, but frankly what's being proposed is not out of line and while all candidates will dutifully tell the Times they oppose it, they really do not, especially those already getting a pension,
Watertown Daily Times | Assembly hopefuls oppose raises for state lawmakers

4 comments:

Anonymous said...


I love it when people who work for government say that they could make
A lot more money in the private sector. I always tell them they are full of fecal matter.
Number 1. If they could make more money they'd be in the private sector.
Number 2. If they were in the private sector they would make a lot less money.
Number 3. They probably couldn't handle the private sector. The real world were
your company has to make this thing called a profit. And put up will all the
heavy rules and regulations that New York State loves to put on these evil businesses.

Anonymous said...

OMG! Again with the pensions. What is your obsession with them???

Anonymous said...

According to most recent figures NY legislators are the third highest paid in country and the highest paid part-time legislators. They don't deserve a raise.

Anonymous said...

The last comment says a lot. But it is too bad that the Legislators who do make their positions a FULL TIME JOB, like Addie and Patty, should not deserve more. Both do a lot of traveling and/or provide constituent activity.
I know, from Speaking with Addie, that some elected officials do nothing but go to Albany and vote according to what their Party tells them to. Those folks don't even deserve a raise but a lessening of what they now get.
Maybe there is some way to judge if a Legislator in fact DOES work at this job full time in order to consider a salary step system for them just as other government workers get?