New York Budget Gives Politicians Huge Raise -Makes Taxpayers Fund Political Campaigns - Granite Grok

New York Budget Gives Politicians Huge Raise -Makes Taxpayers Fund Political Campaigns


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.

Related: If You Flee New York’s High Taxes You Will Get Audited and Lose

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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