State lawmakers are on track to get their first pay raise in 20 years. However, it doesn't come without controversy.
A state committee recommends increasing legislative pay from $80,000 to $130,000 a year. That is a $50,000 increase in salary.
The committee says the pay bump is needed because the pay has not kept pace with the rate of inflation.
Starting January 1st, the pay increase will be phased in over three years. The change in pay will limit the amount of income legislators can make in other jobs.
If approved by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the move would make members of the New York State Legislature the highest paid state lawmakers in the country.
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