Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a strong record when it comes to vetoing the Legislature’s “benefit sweeteners” for state employees, and this year he has 19 more giveaways to kill.
Sweeteners grant union members new benefits without the union having to negotiate for them: They’re a pure gift to a special interest. The nonpartisan Citizens Budget Commission tracks these bills every year, and its latest report explains in detail why all 19 bills are losers for the general public.
If Cuomo signed all 19, the cost would total more than $71 million in the first year — and that’s without accounting for the seven measures passed without the (supposedly required) cost estimate.
Which is just one sign of how unseriously the Legislature takes its duties to the public on this front. Another sign: Cuomo vetoed three of these same bills — all increasing eligibility for disability pensions in fiscally strapped Nassau County — just last year.