If your community is like ours, you’re seeing increasing COVID-19 restrictions imposed by government officials who continue to get their paychecks while average working people are seeing their livelihoods reduced or eliminated by those restrictions.
So when you see those same government officials get raises on top of what they’re already being paid, it’s no wonder good folks get infuriated.
“Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be getting a $25,000 pay raise in January 2021, as the state faces a massive $63 billion budget deficit owed to revenue losses tied to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Cuomo’s salary will jump from $225,000 to $250,000 on Jan. 1, 2021 — making him the highest-paid governor in the nation. [emphasis added]
“But judges and 213 state lawmakers serving in the state Senate and Assembly didn’t get the green light for their own expected raises, which have to be approved by the Commission on Legislative, Judicial and Executive Compensation which argued the state is too broke to pay up thanks to COVID-19…
“But Cuomo will still get his expected raise, as only the Democratic-controlled state Legislature has the power to approve or deny via a joint resolution by the state Senate and Assembly.
“It’s also not Cuomo’s only new source of revenue this year — he found time throughout the first six months of the pandemic to write a leadership book released in October called “American Crisis” which has landed on the New York Times Bestseller List.” [emphasis added]
So, even while he was supposedly dealing with the coronavirus and collecting a taxpayer-funded salary, he was writing a book. Of course, most any other person who did that would be fired.
Please share your thoughts in the Comment Section. Does Gov. Andrew Cuomo deserve a $25,000 raise?