I see judicial pay raises are on the agenda for next week's special session. Legislators have blocked prior efforts to increase judges' pay by insisting on linking the issue to a raise for themselves, which they haven't had the cojones to actually pass. Maybe we need an omnibus supply-side measure that responds to the state's ever growing fiscal crisis by giving raises not just to judges and politicians but also to the leaders of New York's bailed-out leading industry, Wall Street. Who could possibly object to that?
Update: The Gazette of Schenectady is running an online poll asking "Should the pay for judges in New York state be increased?" The results as of 11 p.m. Sunday were 87 percent (140 votes) no to 12 percent (20 votes) yes.