- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York lawmakers say a commission should be appointed to study whether they deserve a pay hike.

The proposal, which is included in the state budget, calls for the creation of a seven-member panel to examine and recommend whether to increase the legislative salary, which is now $79,500 per year.

The panel’s recommendations will be binding, meaning that lawmakers would have to take action to modify or prevent the recommendation from taking effect.

Any pay raise recommended for lawmakers would not take effect until the start of the next legislative term.

The commission, which would reconvene every four years, would also review salaries for statewide officials and other top officials.

New York lawmakers haven’t seen a raise in 15 years. They are the third-highest paid state lawmakers in the country.

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