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Bill would give New York the nation’s best-paid legislature

December 22, 2022

Just in time for Christmas, New York legislators are set to return to the state capital Thursday to give themselves a nice holiday gift: a pay raise that would make them the nation’s best-paid state lawmakers.

Members of the state Assembly and Senate would make a base salary of $142,000 if the bill passes during a special session, a 29 percent raise over their current salary of $110,000.

That would send them racing ahead of state lawmakers in California, who right now are the nation’s best-paid legislators with a yearly base pay at about $119,000, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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