Ban & Cap: The Future of Outside Income in the New York State Legislature

Common Cause/NY has long supported a ban or severely curtailing outside income for the New York State Legislature.

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At the beginning of 2019, the recommendations from the 2018 New York State Compensation Commission went into effect- over the course of the next two years the New York State Legislature will receive a substantive salary increase in exchange for restrictions on outside income. The restrictions on outside income will begin in January 2020. Restrictions on outside income fall into one of two categories: a total ban on outside income earned by certain professions or permissible outside income earned in certain professions that is subject to a 15% cap.

Common Cause/NY conducted an analysis to determine the pervasiveness of outside income for returning state legislators and the potential impact of the looming ban and cap.