Andrew Cuomo Proposes Salary Freeze

The new governor is aiming for low-lying fruit in his first run through the upstate New York apple orchards. Government workers, easier to tackle in the press than Wall Street welfare recipients, are slated for a one-year salary freeze. More at the NY Times below.
clipped from www.nytimes.com
ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will seek a one-year salary freeze for state workers as part of an emergency financial plan he will lay out in his State of the State address on Wednesday, senior administration officials said.
It will also come days after the New Year’s Eve layoffs of more than 900 state workers, an event that union representatives marked with a candlelight vigil on the steps of the Capitol and outside government offices in five other cities.
“The governor said during his campaign that the difficult financial times call for shared sacrifice,” said a senior administration official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the governor’s address. “A salary freeze is obviously a difficult thing for many government workers, but it’s necessary if the state is going to live within its means.”
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