Double-dipping lawmaker opposes minimum-wage increase

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Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, R-Guilford, Chenango County, collects a $79,500 salary and a $38,272 pension for serving in the same job. He also gets $15,000 a year for serving as chairman of the Assembly Minority Conference Committee.

He opposes increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour. Supporters say people living on minimum wage earn $15,800 a year.

Crouch, who when he turned 65 in 2010 put in for his pension for 25 years of public service, said now’s not the right time for a minimum-wage increase.

He is one of about a dozen lawmakers collecting a salary and a pension. The practice has been criticized because lawmakers officially retire at the end of their term, then start their new term in January —- allowing them to double dip.

State law allows elected officials who were in office before 1995 to collect their pensions at age 65, even if they stay in the same job.

“I’m all for low-wage employees making all the money that we can afford to pay them, but our economy is such at this time, it is not the right time to step up and say we’re going to raise the minimum wage,” Crouch said on the Assembly floor today.

Assembly Republicans were opposing the minimum-wage increase today as it was set for passage in the Democratic-led Assembly.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, and other Democrats said the minimum wage is needed to help low-income families, saying it is “appalling” that families have to live on $7.25 an hour.

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  1. What a sc*mbag. His pension alone is more than 2x’s what min. wage is. Who is he to say min. wage should not go up? I am practically speechless.

  2. Wait a minute! How could this be?? I thought only DEMOCRATS were bums! But this guy is…is…is a CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN.

    Oh it must be a mistake. He’s probably a tax-loving Democrat, not a tax-fighting GOPer.

  3. Armonk, so long as the state allows it people will take it. Unfortunately the Dems in the Assembly won’t change the rules to end this.

  4. Jackson Davies on

    What a huge hypocrite this Republican Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, (R) -Guilford, from Chenango County, is as he collects a $79,500 salary and a $38,272 pension for serving in the same job. He also gets $15,000 a year for serving as chairman of the Assembly Minority Conference Committee.

    Yes worth repeating. A Republican who has HIS but refuses to allow the lowest paid in NY to get a smaller step up for their family’s well being..

    Yes, another Republican hypocrite !!

  5. tax hike in disguise on

    All you “democrats support the little guy, republicans support the rich” fools need to take a deep breath. Dems push for a minimum wage hike as a way to increase tax collection. If you’re making $7 per hour, gov’t takes $2.30. If you make $9 per hour, gov’t takes $3.15. A mathematical fact. So they just trying to collect more taxes out of businesses without calling it a tax hike. And usually those stuck in minimum wage jobs are too stupid to know any better.