For a period of four years, Donald Trump was the lowest paid politician in Washington D.C. (albeit by choice), while Dr. Anthony Fauci was the highest paid. In the world of government it seems there’s no correlation between competence and pay – an observation backed by the revelation that scandal-plagued Governor Andrew Cuomo is the highest paid Governor in history.
According to Fox Business:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the country’s highest-paid governor in history with an annual salary of $225,000.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who will likely face a recall election, clocks in at number two with a 2020 salary of $202,000, according to Open The Books. The average gubernatorial salary was $143,270 in 2018, according to the Council of State Governments.
Cuomo was set to receive a $25,000 pay raise in 2021, which would have brought his salary to $250,000, but deferred it. The increase would have taken effect on Jan. 1, 2021, according to a resolution passed by the state Senate and Assembly in 2019.
The $25,000 increase was part of a three-year pay increase of $71,000, according to Open The Books.