State Senate GOP Majority Leader John Flanagan HAS pulled the plug on a legislative special session that could have paved the way for the first legislative pay raise since 1999, THE DAILY NEWS reports.
After weeks of negotiations, Flanagan said that that discussions to provide more money to fight homelessness, expand ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft to upstate, and enact reforms to the procurement process ultimately “have not borne fruit.”
“At the end of the day…there just isn’t enough in this package to justify convening a special session and bringing 213 legislators back to Albany before the end of the year,” he said.
If a legislative pay raise is not approved by the end of the year, by law they will have to wait two years before getting another opportunity. Lawmakers currently make a $79,500 annual base salary.