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Politicians have repeatedly prioritized funding state-worker pay and benefits over social services and other vital programs.

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Downstate cynic
All state elected officials should not participate in or be covered by government designed and funded defined benefit and retiree health care benefits. Elected officials and appointees of elected officials should be provided with an option to participate in a 401k plan with generous employer (taxpayer) contributions while serving in an elected/ or appointed position. They should receive a high deductible health plan with generous contributions to a medical savings accounts while in their position. And they should plan like most of us to fund retirement and post employment health coverage as the non governmental workers must do. Providing the same benefits to elected officials as state… Read more »