by Edward F. McKee
If people believe our economically challenged state legislators need a pay raise for what has essentially morphed into what in many instances has become a rubber-stamping public relations job, they should take the time to acquaint themselves with some information concerning their part-time salaries and extra pay for committee assignments (lulus), not to mention health care and pension benefits not addressed here.
All state legislators receive the same annual salary of $79,500 plus $172 per day for lodging and food while the Legislature is in session. Also, there is reimbursement for transportation expenses between home and Albany. From here, just to keep the data manageable, I will focus on our own local state legislators.