Need to Cut Budget? Try Officials' Salaries, GOP Says
The D.C. Republican Party thinks the D.C. Council should look at their own paychecks before they follow through on their proposal to raise sales, gas and cigarette taxes.
The council tentatively agreed Wednesday night to raise the sales tax to 6 percent, the gas tax to 23.5 percent and the cigarette tax to $2.50-per pack. Council members insisted the tax increases were necessary because further spending reductions could not be made without harming critical city services, especially those aimed at the poor.
Paul Craney, the executive director of the DC GOP, isn't buying it. He suggests the Council start by taking at look at their salaries. Council members are paid $125,000 annually but Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) makes $190,000.
"The District budget has increased 42 percent since 2004, our mayor and council chairman get paid more than all but one governor," Craney said. "Our council members are so deep in spending that they haven't seen daylight in years."
To illustrate his point, Craney and his colleagues at the GOP committee put together a chart comparing the mayor and council members' salaries to those that governor's receive. See the top 20 -- based on data Stateline.org has compiled -- after the jump.
|Name of Governor||State||Salaries||Population|
|Adrian Fenty||DC Mayor||$200,000||591,833|
|Vincent Gray||DC Council Chairman||$190,000||591,833|
|David Paterson||New York||$179,000||19,490,297|
|Jon Corzine||New Jersey||$175,000||8,682,661|
|Timothy M. Kaine||Virginia||$175,000||7,769,089|
|Edward G. Rendell||Pennsylvania||$164,396||12,448,279|
|M. Jodi Rell||Connecticut||$150,000||3,501,252|
|C. Brad Henry||Oklahoma||$140,000||3,642,361|
|Jack A. Markell||Deleware||$132,500||873,092|
|Beverly Perdue||North Carolina||$130,629||9,222,414|
|DC Council Average Salary||DC Councilmember||$125,000||591,833|
|Donald Carcieri||Rhode Island||$117,817||1,050,788|
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