Thursday, December 11, 2008

Baltimore Mayor Keeping Raise

According to the Baltimore Sun, Mayor Sheila Dixon has maintained that she will keep her $3,700 pay increase, which raises her salary to $151,700 per year. When asked yesterday at a news conference whether she would donate her raise to charity, Dixon made the following statement, "To be honest with you, no, 2 1/2 percent, based on what I do seven days a week, 24 hours [a day], trying to raise a family, a daughter in college."

This has to be the ultimate act of selfishness for a public official. Especially with the city facing a budget shortfall and reductions in overtime for police and firemen. If she truly decides to keep the raise, I hope that Mayor Dixon enjoys her additional $71.15 per week in salary.

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