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Politics

Lobbyists can get public pensions in 20 states

Critics question whether system hurts taxpayers

ALBANY, N.Y. — As a lobbyist in New York’s State House, Stephen Acquario is doing pretty well. He pulls down $204,000 a year, more than the governor makes, gets a Ford Explorer as his company car, and is afforded another special perk:

Even though he is not a government employee, he is entitled to a full state pension.

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