From CBS New York:
Imagine earning more than $100,000 a year for a part time job.
Legislators in Albany have that in mind, sources tell CBS 2. If they get their way, they would be the highest paid state legislators in the country.
State lawmakers currently make about $79,500, according to a report by the National Conference of State Legislatures. That puts them at third, in terms of pay, on the national scene. In Pennsylvania, state lawmakers make $82,026 a year. In California, they make $95,291.
New York state legislators base salaries also don’t include various “lulus,” or cash bonuses they get for fulfilling certain additional roles. For example, they earn $171 every day they work in Albany. The minority whip of the senate gets paid an additional $14,500 for that role. The chairman of the senate finance committee gets a $34,000 “lulu,” according to a report in the Times Union.
For comparison, consider the salaries of lawmakers in Texas: $7,200. In Florida, state lawmakers make $29,687.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the median household income in New York was $55,603.
The last time state lawmakers gave themselves a pay hike was in 1999. Any boost in pay they vote on this year won’t take effect until next year.