No pay raise this year for state legislators 1

The state capitol

A state-commissioned panel did not vote on raising the pay of state lawmakers at a special meeting on Tuesday, the deadline for which an agreement had to be made.

That means state legislators will return to the capital in January still making a base pay of $79,500, the same amount they’ve been paid since 1999, the last time there was a raise.

They are still the third-highest paid legislators in the country.

The State Commission on Legislative, Judicial and Executive Compensation failed to make the recommendation during a special meeting Tuesday, saying lawmakers did not argue enough for their pay to be bumped up.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) and Senate Majority Leader John Flannagan (R-Nassau) blasted the decision in a joint statement saying, “Despite the Governor’s appointees’ refusal to discharge their duties, the Legislature will continue to focus on issues that truly matter to New Yorkers and help move our State forward.”

Gov. Cuomo has suggested pay raises may be more likely if lawmakers pass a series of ethics reform bills.

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