But what the Democrats have done in Albany should disgust anyone who lives in this state, regardless of party. Under then Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, the Democrat-led Senate Majority hired over 100 new staffers since April alone. To add insult to injury, they did this after raising taxes and fees by $8 billion.
Smith had said that the Democrats had cut close to 200 Senate positions. But state records show that the 186 Senate job cuts Smith spoke of had been reduced to just 74 between April and the June 6 payroll, meaning 112 new staffers were added.
Most of the job cuts were Republicans who were fired or retired as a result of the GOP losing the majority. They were quickly replaced by Democrats, many of them making six-figure salaries.According to a report in The Daily News Saturday, that the Senate payroll jumped by $3 million the first six months the Dems controlled the Senate.
This is so offensive on so many levels. And I know, people will come in and say "the Republicans did it!" Maybe they did, but not nearly to the level as we've seen this year. And didn't the Dems sweep into office under the premise of change? What change were they talking about...vote us into office and we'll screw you even more than you were getting screwed? Because that's exactly what happened.
This is just another example of why the State Senate is better off in the hands of the of the GOP. There's no accountability with the Dems. They are looking out for their NYC interests and those of their friends and nobody from Upstate better stand in their way.