State committee discusses pay raise for lawmakers


Do state lawmakers deserve a pay raise? That's the question that was discussed very briefly Tuesday by the New York State Compensation Committee.

The committee is made up of four members -- the chairmen of SUNY and CUNY, the New York City comptroller, and state comptroller Tom Dinapoli.

Lawmakers haven't had a raise in 20 years. They make just under $80,000, plus expenses and stipends, for what is labeled a part-time job.

One government watchdog says regardless whether you think a raise is deserved, the process has been flawed.

“This whole process has been shrouded in secrecy,” said NYPIRG’s Blair Horner. “We're not even sure what the agenda is.”

There wasn't much of an agenda Tuesday. It turned out to be an introductory meeting. There will now be two public hearings, one of them in Albany on Wednesday, November 28.

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