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Council Members Will Skip Pay Raise

D.C. Council members will give up their automatic cost-of-living increases in fiscal 2010 in light of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's proposed $5.4 billion budget that lays off hundreds of employees and freezes salaries.

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) said he talked to all 12 of his colleagues and they agreed that the council needed to give up their raises.

Under legislation approved in 2006, the salaries of the 12 at-large and ward council members jumped from $92,530 to $115,000, plus annual cost-of-living adjustments. They now earn $125,583. The chairman and the mayor do not receive the yearly boosts, but their salaries rose significantly from $142,000 and $152,000 to $190,000 and $200,000, respectively.

Council budget director Eric Goulet said earlier this week that the council might have to pass another bill to decline the raises, which range between 3 and 5 percent each year.

Gray said he believes council members may be able to refuse the raises by letter.

At 5 percent, the council would be saving the city more than $75,000 in fiscal 2010. That could be a staffer or two, depending on the salary.

Under Fenty's proposal, as many as 776 workers would be laid off and salaries would be frozen for all agencies except schools. His plan also eliminates next month's Emancipation Day holiday for city workers.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  March 28, 2009; 9:38 PM ET
Categories:  Budget , D.C. Council  
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Good! Most of them don't merit the salary they earn for their part-time "oversight". Like Fenty, they typically react with incredulous shock and awe, whenever waste, malfeasance, and incompetence are discovered in various govt agencies.

Posted by: logosdesigns | March 28, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Logonsdesigns, I agree with you 1000%. LOL They are all a bunch of idiots sitting on the Dais and letting Adrian get away with anything he wants or says.

Posted by: Ward4DC | March 29, 2009 2:31 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Isn't that something! That's the least that they could do and while they're feelinf so noble, I want them to remember all of the employees who lost their jobs due to their "at will" votes.

Posted by: candycane1 | March 29, 2009 4:15 AM | Report abuse

Good!

(But they're probably thinking 'next time we'll take it.')

I must say, I don't understand this extreme animosity towards Fenty. Yes he is young and inexperienced. And yes, he seems to be botching the schools. Those are big things, but I'm not sure they warrant this all out hatred, almost paranoia. I do not understand it.

Posted by: slats999 | March 29, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I think Barry needs that raise so he can pay his taxes more quickly.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | March 29, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

"Those are big things, but I'm not sure they warrant this all out hatred, almost paranoia. I do not understand it.

Posted by: slats999 | March 29, 2009 8:23 AM"

It's not hatred or paranoia, but the observations and experience of people who are informed about and engaged in what happens in this city. It's not without cause, and therefore no different than the level of animosity shown towards Barry for his wrecklesness.

A scoundrel is a scoundrel, whether he appeals to the elite or the disenfranchised end of the spectrum, and Fenty is a scoundrel.

Posted by: logosdesigns | March 29, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm proud to say that I did NOT vote for Fenty. I would not trust anyone who embezzled from senior citizens, while he was a court appointed guardian.

Posted by: dcpsychic | March 29, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

DC voters are something. Now they are all mad with Fenty, but they voted for him despite questionable (well reported) judgment, as documented in the enclosed link:


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/25/AR2006082501264_pf.html

Posted by: dcpsychic | March 29, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

This is a good start, but if the Council wants to really show solidarity with the city employees losing their jobs, then they should conduct a 10% lay-off of the DC Council. How about firing whichever one owes the most in back taxes?

Posted by: hisroc | March 29, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

How about following the cabdrivers and taking a cost of living decrease?

Posted by: starclimber9 | March 29, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Not to worry they will make it up in bribes.

Posted by: KBlit | March 29, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

What Marion Barry going to do without his pay raise? He needs to pay his taxes (LOL). Seriously, he needs to go to jail.

Posted by: meldupree | March 29, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Big deal! If Gray and the rest of the 12 Council members wanted to actually do something, they should also:

1. Decline the pay raise for 2009 which raised their salary from $120,000 to $125,000;
2. Pass legislation eliminating the automatic yearly cost of living raise and vote on their future "raises" in front of TV cameras, the press and the DC taxpayers.

DC City Council pay is just another case of rewarding ineptness.

Posted by: NewEra | March 29, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

First, Fenty is almost a carbon copy of Anthony Williams with his reactionary management style. However, at least Williams kept people employed.

As we speak Mayor Fenty is planning on firing all of the District's public information officers. Of course, he just hired a new one, and the one for MPD will remain. What he hasn't said is who will be handling inquiries from the media.

Also, you have the senseless hirings going on in several agencies. There are agencies who have hired new employees and they have no official jobs to do. Their called "Analysts" and no one knows what they do. Perhaps eliminating those useless, unspecified jobs would allow them to keep people they need.

Also, everyone is running around worrying about the mess at OCTO. However, no one is worrying about the mess in the OCFO's office. Their employees received raises AND their cashiers in other agencies are allowed to come and go as they please without requesting back up coverage. Ask the customers about 31 December 2008 at DCRA.

Mayor Fenty clearly has no forethought about where this government is going. It's a ship without a captain or a rudder.

Posted by: nailahjordan | March 30, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, dc psychic, I didn't see that article or hear anything about it before the election and I feel like a fool for voting for Fenty, not to mention making a campaign contribution to him.

Never again. And I'll encourage all my friends not to vote for him, but I don't think I have to -- they all feel the same way I do.

Posted by: efavorite | March 31, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

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