New York has a 2.3 Billion dollar deficit. So, what do a Democrat legislature and Democrat governor do? They give themselves raises. Increase spending. And that thing where Cuomo said The Rich would leave if they taxed them more. Start packing.
The state’s already-extravagant spending just jumped to $175.6 billion in 2019–2020. That’s a “double whopper with extra cheese,” in the words of City Journal contributing editor Bob McManus, a 13 percent increase (in real, inflation-adjusted dollars) from 2010–2011, when the state’s population was less than 1 percent smaller than it is now.
And those raises I mentioned.
Andrew Cuomo is about to become the highest-paid governor in the country with a $250,0000 salary. His lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, will get a bump to $220,000, meaning she’ll be better compensated than the governor of California, who is stuck at $202,000. Members of the state Senate and Assembly will see raises from $79,500 to $110,000 in January and to $130,000 in 2021. Not bad for a part-time job.
His budget pushes the minimum wage up, bans plastic bags, added a ‘mansion tax,’ gives another fresh billion to public education, and 100 million dollars to finance political campaigns. Yes, in an effectively a one-party operation Democrats voted themselves raises and made taxpayers finance their political ambition.
So New Yorkers get to pay for the campaigns of people seeking those $130,000 part-time jobs, the best-paid state legislative jobs in the nation.
Rumor has it these are all sops to the far-left to set the table for a future run at President.
They might as well be benchmarks to which New Hampshire Democrats can aspire.
At least Cuomo isn’t pretending he’s not willing to act like a true socialist and pillage his state’s resources to fund himself and his party.
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