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