New York State Workers to Get $600 Million in Pandemic Back Pay

April 7, 2021, 7:10 PM

New York state workers will be getting their 2020 pay bumps after all, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The state’s $212 billion budget for fiscal 2022, which began on April 1, includes $600 million for workers whose pay increases were withheld during the coronavirus pandemic, the governor said at a budget briefing Wednesday.

The state adopted across-the-board freezes on pay increases last April, when New York was the epicenter of the Covid-19 health crisis, which resulted in a statewide shutdown that closed most businesses.

The freeze, which was extended several times through the end of 2020, hit about 132,000 state employees—including...

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