Legislators vs people in the real world
The Post-Star has editorialized against New York legislators seeking a pay raise. (I won't link to it due to their pay wall).
NYS lawmakers are paid a bare minimum of $79,500 for their
part-time jobs; committee chairmen and those in leadership positions earn quite a bit more. Incidentally, 'part-time' is the description they themselves use so as to weasel out of transparency laws that might reveal their corruption and conflicts of interest.
In addition, they are given a $171 per diem for every day
the legislature’s in session.
The legislature opposes a raise in the minimum wage. Gov. Cuomo pretends to be in favor of the minimum wage but won't push for it, for fearer of alienating his corporate backers
minimum wage earner would have to work SIXTY hours a week every week for THREE AND A HALF YEARS
to earn what the poorest of these bozos in Albany get for five months of *part-time* 'work.'
This calculation does not count their per diem. In order to earn $171, a minimum wage worker would have to clock in 23.5 hours.
Labels: Andrew Cuomo, corporatacracy, corporate contributions, corruption, new york state