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Good government groups urge state lawmakers to limit outside income this year

With the turn of the new year, state lawmakers will still be able to earn income in private-sector jobs following successful court challenges to a commission-imposed cap on outside pay.

Good-government groups hope lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo will take more direct action in the 2020 session.

A coalition of good-government organizations on Thursday released a letter to the governor and top lawmakers in the state Senate and Assembly urging them to take up an outside income ban.

A pay commission had recommended pay increases for the 213 members of the Legislature that was coupled with a cap on outside income at 15 percent of their public-sector pay. Lawmakers currently earn $110,000 and will eventually be phased up to $130,000.

Court challenges tossed the outside income cap, and the state is not appealing.

Ethics watchdogs have long linked corruption to the ability of lawmakers to earn outside income.

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