New York legislators are looking for a raise of as much as 22 percent, saying the $79,500 base salaries they earn are not enough.
Legislators Renew Push to Raise Their Pay
But an examination of state records shows that most make considerably more than their base salary. With extra pay for chairmanships and other posts, they earn just over $90,000, on average, for what is widely considered a part-time job; the Legislature is in regular session for 63 days a year.
And more than a third earn more from outside employment, often as lawyers in their hometowns, but they are not required to disclose how much or from what clients.