Just how well are state lawmakers doing in their jobs? Not well enough to be compensated even more, according to a Sienna College poll that was released earlier this week.
The poll asked more than 800 registered voters if State Legislature members and the governor deserved a raise. Unsurprisingly, 67 percent said no regarding the lawmakers and 74 percent disagreed with any pay hike for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The poll results are in line with recent state contracts - approved by union members and the state - that has frozen pay for the early years of the deals.
Local CSEA members who believe their proposal, in which one reportedly included an annual 5 percent pay hike, was fair need to consider this poll, past state pacts and the most recent Dunkirk firefighter three-year contract approved last fall with a salary freeze for two years.
Voters, especially those in the private sector, have been struggling in this economy. There is little sympathy for those in the public sector who are earning more - on average - than the blue-collar private-sector employee.