Buffalo, NY (WBEN) When Daniel Burling gave his farewell address to the Assembly, he told his colleagues he'd be back to vote a pay raise for them. Though there is no official proposal out, there is plenty of talk in Albany about it.
"The legislative base pay of $79,500 gets you a lot further in Cheektowaga than you do in Manhattan," says Jimmy Vielkind of the Albany Times Union, who says Speaker Sheldon Silver is hearing those concerns from his downstate colleagues, who haven't had an increase since 1999.
That talk is being heard in the Executive Mansion as well. "Governor Cuomo, who can very persuasive, has said he's open to it. By leaving that door open, that's going to set off a round of negotiations, where a pay hike will be tied to a package with another key issue," says Vielkind. Among those possibilities, says Vielkind, raising the state's minimum wage, tax cuts for businesses, or setting up campaign finance laws.
But one group who may not be in favor is the public. "Quinnipiac released a poll saying 80 percent of voters oppose a pay raise. Lawmakers know they'll be on the wrong side of the issue, and the only way it wlll be saleable is to link it up to something that's more popular," notes Vielkind.
Vielkind says if such a vote happens, it will take place as far away from the election as possible.
Just rasie taxes! Here in the state of New Lib the sky is the limit, ask any liberal, just add 10 cents to gas, 10 cents to smokes, an drink over 16 oz, that's worth 25 cents, we can charge a table salt charge at resturants, hell just charge 25 cent tax on salt at stores.Candy bars thats an easy 25 cents,if you have a bike, 100 dollars a year tax, because you didnt build the roads. A runners tax, (you didnt build the stores you buy them at) How about toll boths when enter and exit differnt countys! You can get 5 bucks per, plus tax 25 cent on top of that just for fun! The sky is the limit!
Agree with Mr J. Vieland
He makes mention of "round of negotiations, where a pay hike will be tied to a package..." Hmmmmm, National elections around the corner? Haven't we heard this story before a million times. NO amendments, NO packages. Tell you what, want a pay raise? Those benefits you have, lets pay for the pay hike with a give back in those benefits.