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February 16, 2009

Paterson Secretly Showers Taxpayer Money on Staffers

Posted by Dave Blount at February 16, 2009 10:37 AM

No wonder New York's unelected governor has to tax everything conceivable — even including porn downloads:

Gov. Paterson has secretly granted raises of as much as 46 percent to more than a dozen staffers at a time when he has asked 130,000 state workers to give up 3 percent pay hikes because of the state's fiscal crisis, The Post has learned.
The startling pay hikes, costing about $250,000 annually, were granted after the governor's "emergency" declaration in August of a looming fiscal crisis that required the state to cut spending and impose a "hard" hiring freeze.
One raise was approved as recently as last month — when Paterson claimed the budget deficit had reached an unprecedented $15.5 billion. …
Disclosure of the secret pay hikes comes as Paterson is under attack for spending well over $20,000 in state funds on a four-day stay for himself and several aides during President Obama's inaugural last month, and for planning a state-funded junket to Davos, Switzerland, which he canceled only after his plans became public.
Paterson, in his budget proposal outlined in December, demanded that state workers who belong to the Civil Service Employees Association and the Public Employee Federation forgo negotiated, 3 percent pay hikes that would kick in April 1 or face massive layoffs.

They say that just as capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth, socialism is, as Winston Churchill put it, "the equal sharing of misery." But when it comes to Party insiders, George Orwell was correct that "some animals are more equal than others."

On tips from Jacob C and Wiggins.