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Silver: time to think about lawmaker raises

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New York State lawmakers haven't had a pay increase since 1999, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says it's probably time to think about raises.

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According to Silver, at least one third of lawmakers in his house earn just the base salary of $79,500 and do not have outside jobs or earn extra stipends for committee chairs or leadership posts.

He says his Assembly members deserve more.

“It’s time for us to probably put together a study commission and see what’s appropriate,” Silver said.

Silver says there has been no discussion about pay raises with Governor Cuomo or the state Senate.

He says he is simply offering his own opinion.

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