New York lawmakers become nation's highest-paid after 29% raise

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Albany — Just in time for the New Year, New York lawmakers have become the highest paid state legislators in the nation under a bill signed Saturday. Members of both houses are getting a pay raise of $32,000, for a base salary of $142,000, under a bill Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a day before her inauguration Sunday. That's a 29% raise over their previous salary of $110,000.
The law went into effect Sunday.
Before the pay boost, state lawmakers in California were the highest paid with a yearly base salary of $119,000, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
New York lawmakers passed the pay-raise bill during a special session in late December. The new pay raise comes with restrictions, though.