CHEERS - To the right response. Our local state representatives, Sen. Hugh Farley and Assemblyman Marc Butler, are on the record. Both oppose a proposal to increase the base salaries of state legislators. The state Legislature may take up the proposal upon legislators' return to Albany for the next session. If passed, base earnings would increase to more than $100,000. Our state would hold the distinction of having the highest-paid state representatives in the country, according to the Empire Center for New York State Policy. There is no doubt that if this comes to the floor, it will be brought there by downstate representatives. Many of them say they are underpaid. We're confident both Farley and Butler will stick to their word.