N.Y. Politicians’ Loyalty Should Not be For Sale: Lulus Corrupt the Democratic Process, so Ban Them

Friday, February 18th, 2011

The following is an op-ed penned by Senator Krueger and published in the New York Daily News:

There are plenty of things we need to change about the New York State Legislature, from the way we finance our campaigns to how we draw legislative districts to the rules that govern the Senate. It’s no wonder that New Yorkers are disgusted with the current state of our government.

But there’s one practice that’s so routine it’s often overlooked on the reform wish list: the way rank-and-file members appear to sell their power, i.e. their votes, to party leadership. This is done through “lulus,” the pet name for the large stipends doled out to those who are given leadership positions…

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