legislative pay raise

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief of the New York Daily News, about today's headlines, including a vareity of reforms being pushed this week by Democrats in the New York state Legislature. 

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Democratic New York state legislators are beginning the New Year with some resentment towards Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo over a deal that gives them a big raise – but comes with several strings attached.

NYS Senator Wants Voters To Have A Say On Pay Hikes

Dec 18, 2018
Courtesy of Sue Serino

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill that would bring voters into the mix regarding any legislative pay raises.

Composite photo by Dave Lucas/WAMC

New York lawmakers are in line to earn the top state legislative salary in the country after a state compensation panel voted to raise their pay for the first time in 20 years.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

It’s been 20 years since the governor and Legislature in New York received a pay raise. But that might be changing in January. 

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The newly approved New York state budget sets up a process that could give lawmakers pay raises by the end of the year. But it doesn't include ethics reforms even after Governor Andrew Cuomo's former top aide was convicted of bribery and the trials of the state legislature's former leaders. Do you think lawmakers should receive a raise? What are your thoughts on ethics reform? WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

An exterior view of the Massachusetts State House in Boston

       A pay raise package for elected officials in Massachusetts is expected to be finalized this week on Beacon Hill.   While pay raises for public officials are always controversial, this plan has drawn just token opposition.


   Massachusetts lawmakers are planning to vote for a large pay increase for themselves, other top elected state officials and judges.  A top legislative leader, addressing a business group in Springfield this morning, strongly defended the pay raises as long overdue.