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Cuomo Wants to Freeze and Cap
January 3rd, 2011

The agenda for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state of the state speech is becoming much clearer. The New York Times reports that Cuomo is poised to propose on Wednesday a year long freeze on state worker salaries and a cap on state spending. The hiring freeze will only save the state a modest amount of cash but it is expected to the opening shot in a war between Cuomo and labor unions. Almost a thousand state workers lost their jobs on New Years day thanks to cuts by Gov. David Paterson that Cuomo said he supports.

Cuomo announced today that he will be taking a five percent pay cut along with senior members of his team. Cuomo will return the 5 percent to the state. Cuomo’s salary is $179,00 a year so he will be returning around $9,000. Again this is only a modest savings but it is the message the counts as Cuomo tries to set the austere tone for his state of the state address.

By on January 3, 2011, 1:26 pm
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One Response to “Cuomo Wants to Freeze and Cap”

  1. JR Says:
    January 3rd, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    This story mentions a hiring freeze. But I have seen no mention of a hiring freeze in any other coverage, only a salary freeze. A spending cap wouldn’t necessarily apply to replacements in existing positions. Can you please clarify if you think Cuomo will impose a hiring freeze?

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