New York is facing a $63 billion budget deficit in a couple years and the state had the highest COVID death toll in the nation.
But Gov. Andrew Cuomo will get a $25,000 raise and become the nation’s highest-paid governor.
And not only will Mr. Cuomo see his salary rise to $250,000 on Jan. 1, the state’s judges and lawmakers won’t — because the state is too broke.
According to a report in the New York Post, the Commission on Legislative, Judicial and Executive Compensation did not approve any pay increases for the state’s officeholders, citing the enormous budget deficits the state must close.
“Substantial additional state monies will be needed to deal with the pandemic, including providing face masks, virus tracking, contact tracing, enforcement efforts, and distribution of the hoped for new pandemic vaccine,” the panel explained in a report released Monday evening.
“Granting raises to public servants, no matter how much they might otherwise deserve them, is