Note: This is not a scientific poll.
Politicians don't do it for the money. Their there to help their constituents.
If I didn't show up for work or when I did, I did nothing but argue, I wouldn't have a job, never mind get a raise!
What have they done to deserve a raise? Where is this money coming from? How does their current salary level compare with the average New York worker(someone who recieves no other perks or benefits for their job).
When most of the residents of the state get a pay raise THEN the state pols can get a raise!!!
Quite frankly, for many citizens in Schenectady County, the per diem rates ($135.30-$171.00/day plus .50 cents a mile) enjoyed by state legislators would represent a significant salary increase. Figuring the average session length of 6 months, with wildly erratic days off days on scheduling, per diem and travel compensation, a half years worth of legislator's extras would make the typical low income family feel as if they hit the lottery.AND that doesn't even include the "lawmaker's" salary!!
Build military style barracks and mess halls for them and let them live and dine there and stop with the per-diem. No luxury facilities either, like the judges are building ... do it to military specs. Give them CDTA passes to get from the barracks to the Capitol.
The pay is currently in the top 5 in the nation. The job is part-time, and I don't believe it's the only source of income for any of them. If the current salary (and associated committee compensation) presented a hardship, leave; maybe spending more time at their main occupation would provide more income if needed. The State needs to find ways to prevent deficits, and unemployment is persistently very high in every district they represent in NYS.Now is not the time - it sends a terrible message.
Lawmakers are supposed to be serving the people of New York State, not themselves. They already make much more money than the average upstate New York resident does. State and Federal officials are so far removed from the man on the street its laughable. If even one of them attempted to support a family on minimum wage, they would be crying in their empty soup bowls.
When they can find the money to adequately fund our public school system, THEN I would feel a raise is justified. Every other department at the state level has felt the squeeze; the legislature should not be immune.
Sure, give them a raise if they can justify the cost. If not, give me new ones.