ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The possibility of a pay raise for state lawmakers has emerged as a bargaining chip as Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders work to pass a new budget ahead of a deadline.
Sunday is the start of a new state fiscal year and the deadline for a new budget. But lawmakers want to be out of town in time for the Jewish Passover, which begins Friday at sundown, or Christian Easter, which is Sunday.
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said after meeting Tuesday evening with Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein that a pay raise for legislators is being discussed.
Lawmakers are paid $79,500 a year, not including stipends they can earn for leadership posts.
The budget is expected to total around $170 billion.
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