What will it take for Andrew Cuomo to support a legislator pay hike?

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Will state legislators get what they want from Andrew Cuomo? Possibly. How will they get it? Depends who you ask.

According to Fred Dicker, a journalist familiar with Cuomo's thinking, the governor is inclined to do something to reward the recent docility of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, but won't support the raise "unless the Legislature changed its ways and worked cooperatively with the governor."

Ken Lovett at the Daily News talks to labor leader Stuart Appelbaum, a Cuomo ally, who said he expects Republicans in the State Senate to drop their opposition to a raise in the state's minimum wage in exchange for a legislative pay increase to avoid it being an issue on the campaign trail.

As we know from the battle over redistricting reform, Cuomo is perfectly willing to give the legislative leaders what they want in exchange for concessions that result in an overall deal he can present as a net win. The big question here, then, isn't whether the raises will happen but what the leaders will give up in return. Salary hikes aren't free.

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