Johnson Backs Paterson’s Raise Freeze

Craig Johnson, a Democratic state senator from Nassau County–home to some angry voters who ousted Tom Suozzi recently–comes out in support of David Paterson’s move to withhold raises from state employees.

Not a position most Democrats and allies of labor unions, usually take.

Here’s Johnson:

“When the Governor is right, he’s right. His decision to withhold raises for state employee union members in his budget extension legislation is the right move. The unions should take the next step and agree to a full wage freeze for this coming year. In my district, Port Washington and Roslyn school teachers have taken this prudent and responsible step. Such a move from the state employee unions would send the right message as families continue to struggle and our economy continues to rebuild, as well as help out the state in the midst of budget negotiations. I believe that elected officials should not be increasing their compensation for these same reasons. I have introduced legislation to freeze per diem rates of all state lawmakers. This bill (S6227A) deserves a vote before the full Senate.”