Pay hike for New York state lawmakers rejected

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A call to raise the salary of New York state lawmakers has been rejected.

Lawmakers now make $79,500 for what is technically a part-time job. Lawmakers haven’t seen a raise since 1999 but still make the third-highest legislative salary in the country.

Many lawmakers say their pay hasn’t kept up with the cost of living and doesn’t reflect the work they put in outside the six-month legislative session.

A state commission with the power to grant a raise balked at the idea Tuesday.

Lawmakers could convene a lame-duck session this year to vote on a pay raise or appoint a new commission to reconsider.

Legislative pay is seen as a touchy subject following scandals that have seen more than 30 lawmakers leave office facing ethics or criminal allegations since 2000.

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