The Times editorialized yesterday about the State Legislature's latest quest for a pay raise. Noting that it is presently the 4th best compensated state legislature in the country, the Times asks if our Senators and Assemblymembers shouldn't have some other priorities. "Money quote," so to speak: Before voters countenance any more salary increases in Albany, they should demand that legislators fix their own ethics rules so those fund-raisers in the capital are banned while the Legislature is in session. They should make the job of being a legislator full time or, failing that, prohibit lawmakers from serving on committees that deal with issues in which they have a professional connection. They should establish a nonpartisan committee to fix legislative district boundaries, so elections really confer a mandate from the people. We like those priorities. We'd add real legislative rules reform, so that legislature itself will be a more transparent and accountable body.
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