On the budget:
One legislator, Majority Leader Bob Mirch said he hopes the union will realize the dire fiscal straights and will ask them for help. One idea, he said, is to ask the members of the United Public Service Employees Union to delay their 3.5 percent pay raise, which is retroactive to last January, until next year. He said the $3 million saved would equate to 7.5 percent of the tax hike. In return, to "share the pain" he said he would vote to roll back the Legislature's $5,000 pay raise they voted themselves last year.
Only in Rensselaer County.
"It is that or layoffs," Mirch said of getting the union's cooperation. "We are cutting across the board and we will be having major layoffs in our own Legislative budget."The Legislature has to approve a budget by Dec. 4.
Bob, stop embarrassing yourself. Collect your three public paychecks and keep your mouth shut. You're part of the leadership that landed us in this mess. You're hardly the person to get us out. Kind of like getting dating pointers from Ted Bundy.