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Gov. Paterson says he'll take 10 percent pay cut
by The Associated Press
Thursday March 05, 2009, 2:05 PM
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- With his state facing a $14 billion budget deficit, New York Gov. David Paterson says he'll take a 10 percent pay cut.

The governor spent Thursday in Buffalo, meeting with economic development and business officials a day after fielding questions from the public during a town hall-style meeting in Niagara Falls.

It was at Wednesday's forum that the idea of a pay cut for the governor and legislative staffers was raised.

On Thursday, Paterson said he will "symbolically make the gesture for the state" but doesn't want to ask anyone else to do the same.

The governor is paid $179,000 a year and has use of the governor's mansion.

A Marist College poll released this week shows only about a quarter of New Yorkers think Paterson's doing a good job.

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:46 PM on Mar. 5, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (7)
  • How about working for free this year with a broke state and free housing? He must be seeking re-election. 10% pay cut? You should be asking why, in regards to this news story. It sounds like a diversion from other more newsworthy stories regarding money and politics in a broke state.

    Answer by akinbottom2 at 4:51 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • I would love for the government to take a pay cut, we picked them to do a job for us since we all can't do it together so we choose them to represent us and they get paid BANK! And they spend it on stupid stuff and they never do anything for us. They deserve to get paid like the average person, since they're not doing anything spectacular for us! That would save us a bunch. I mean come on why do they get to take private jets and eat at expensive fancy restruants! Cut their pay Obama too! His little girls don't need that much damn money!

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:52 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • No

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 5:50 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • That's real nice, but like most symbolic gestures it's totally worthless in any practical way.

    Answer by pagan_mama at 8:02 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • If you think he's bad look at Mayor Blumbum aka Bloomberg.

    Answer by miriamz at 8:05 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • I think it's great he is doing that and all elected officials should follow his lead.

    Answer by ny.chica at 8:26 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • Gov. Paterson's tax-packed budget got slammed from both the right and the left yesterday, as one lawmaker's study found its 137 tax-and-fee proposals would cost an average New York family $3,900 more each year.

    Keep your 10% and stop proposing new taxes on everything (that goes for all politicians).

    Answer by miriamz at 8:33 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

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