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Budget deficit? Pay raises for the house!

Seems like belt-tightening is for other branches of state government -- certainly not the Assembly.

Nearly two-thirds of the Assembly's sprawling bureaucracy got hush-hush pay raises at the first of the year, the Empire Center on New York State Policy has found.

Sixty-three percent got raises, most of them 3 percent. But some -- 14 percent of the staff -- got raises of 4 percent or more.

The center found "pay raises disproportionately went to higher-paid Assembly employees."

All this at a time when state employees working for the executive branch are being asked to forgo a scheduled  3 percent pay raise or face layoffs.

I could say more, but I don't think any commentary is necessary. These facts speak for themselves.

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