For some state lawmakers the pay is nothing extravagant as they have to live away from home and travel. For ones in the Albany area, it's a bonus as they get the per diem although they are able to live at home.
These little exposes are nothing new. Per diems and lulus were created as an alternate pay hike because changing the base salary causes a media firestorm. The firestorm is largely phony as the proposed pay for lawmakers is the same as a high school principal, but enough on that.
The system of lulus should go and the state should just book rooms at a local hotel for those coming from out of town. The salary should be the salary.
Our NNY lawmakers are paid a little over one hundred thousands when you factor in the extras. The proposal is to set salaries at $118K.
When you look at the data bases on what some municipal employees in mid level jobs make you quickly see the faux outrage at electeds is just that, faux.
A news person feigning outrage over a $200 raise for a city council member, might actually have a loved one making six figures in a school district.
I am beyond taking media coverage seriously, as I know what a fraud it often is.
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