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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 02/ 5/2011

Gray to accept furlough days

By Nikita Stewart

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), whose $200,000 salary is protected from cuts under city charter, signed a waiver Friday to join other employees in a furlough estimated to save the city more than $19 million in fiscal 2011.

Non-essential District government employees will give up their pay on President's Day, Emancipation Day, Memorial Day and Fourth of July under emergency legislation approved by the D. C. Council.

Firefighters, police officers and employees in a handful of other agencies are exempt.
“Like other employees, I believe it is only fair that I too share the sacrifice,” Gray said in a statement. “It’s the right thing to do. In these challenging times, we all must be willing to share the burden and shoulder the responsibility when public interest demands it.”

Gray's move comes the same week that a report by the Pew Charitable Trust showed that the city's council members are the second-highest paid in the country behind Los Angeles. Council members earn more than $125,000 for their part-time positions.

Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown makes $190,000.

Under city law, he earns $10,000 less than the mayor.

This post has been updated.

By Nikita Stewart  | February 5, 2011; 12:23 PM ET
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Comments

Remember the good old days when cab drivers brought cash flow into the city?

Posted by: starclimber9 | February 5, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't the council do this?

Oh, that's right... they are "essential" part time employees.

Posted by: mikecapitolhill | February 5, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse


Remember the good old days when cab drivers brought cash flow into the city?

Posted by: starclimber9

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Yeah, and having no meters, I'm sure they declared all their income.

Posted by: kenk33 | February 5, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm still waiting for the City Council to vote to reduce their pay as a result of the fiscal crisis.

Posted by: lipschitzantwon | February 5, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Given the posted salaries of these people they should be hiding their faces. Hey when Grey was head of the Council he, like all of his previous and current heads, had over $1,200,000 in unaccounted funds. No wonder he does not look happy he took a huge pay cut. But then he got he City to replace his fence. Is there any honest member of Council?

Posted by: KBlit | February 5, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Gray is a wise man; now the council will follow his lead like little puppy dogs.

Posted by: GoldCoast | February 5, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm still schocked by the amount of $$ Gray's chief of staff is making...she is making the same as the mayor, 200K!! It is ridiculous and 40-60K more than Fenty's COS. That decision, to me, is financially irresponsible.

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | February 5, 2011 8:57 PM | Report abuse


It is disgraceful that the city council earn 6 figure salaries while holding their
"full-time" jobs that sometimes place them in direct conflict with their council jobs. I can only imagine how much better off the city would be if these clowns were cut 100grand and met far less frequently.

Posted by: familynet | February 5, 2011 9:01 PM | Report abuse

No worries. Most of their income probably gets delivered as cash in paper bags.

Posted by: randysbailin | February 6, 2011 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry DC Government unions, Gray has agreed to close government for any 3 inch snow storm that we get, to completely offset any productivity losses due to the furloughs, and assure everyone additional days off.

Posted by: nervous71 | February 6, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

No worries. Most of their income probably gets delivered as cash in paper bags.

Posted by: randysbailin | February 6, 2011 8:07 AM |
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What a woefully slanderous and ignorant comment.
While many may feel that the city council members are overpaid to infer they are illegally receiving those salaries is an abhorrent delusion by you and an insult to the tax paying residents of DC who pay those salaries.

Posted by: 2belinda | February 6, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

The nerve of these council members and this does not include the money allocated for them to set up, staff and run their office. They should be ashamed of themselves and to think they expect the average district employee to take 4 furlough days this year to help balance the budget and yet they expect to preserve their pay as is. This is a pathetic blatant abuse of their positions and the power they weld. The people of the District should be in an uproar and demand a mandatory roll back on the pay scale.

Posted by: ticklemepink | February 6, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

The nerve of these council members. Remember this does not include the money allocated for them to set up, staff and run their office. They should be ashamed of themselves. On top of it all they expect the average district employee to take 4 furlough days this year to help balance the budget, yet they expect to preserve their pay as is. This is a pathetic blatant abuse of their positions and the power they weld. The people of the District should be in an uproar and demand a mandatory roll back on the pay scale.

Posted by: ticklemepink | February 6, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Nikita, how about those union contracts? Still think they'll survive? They won't. The city of D.C. is bankrupt, period. Not because of this guy or that guy, but because of the loss of tax receipts from housing market decline. Think it'll get better? Nope, it gets worse from here. So you have that to look forward to. The city should move at once to void all union contracts.

Posted by: shred11 | February 7, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Nikita, how about those union contracts? Still think they'll survive? They won't. The city of D.C. is bankrupt, period. Not because of this guy or that guy, but because of the loss of tax receipts from housing market decline. Think it'll get better? Nope, it gets worse from here. So you have that to look forward to. The city should move at once to void all union contracts.

Posted by: shred11 | February 7, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Nikita, how about those union contracts? Still think they'll survive? They won't. The city of D.C. is bankrupt, period. Not because of this guy or that guy, but because of the loss of tax receipts from housing market decline. Think it'll get better? Nope, it gets worse from here. So you have that to look forward to. The city should move at once to void all union contracts.

Posted by: shred11 | February 7, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Nikita, how about those union contracts? Still think they'll survive? They won't. The city of D.C. is bankrupt, period. Not because of this guy or that guy, but because of the loss of tax receipts from housing market decline. Think it'll get better? Nope, it gets worse from here. So you have that to look forward to. The city should move at once to void all union contracts.

Posted by: shred11 | February 7, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Nikita, how about those union contracts? Still think they'll survive? They won't. The city of D.C. is bankrupt, period. Not because of this guy or that guy, but because of the loss of tax receipts from housing market decline. Think it'll get better? Nope, it gets worse from here. So you have that to look forward to. The city should move at once to void all union contracts.

Posted by: shred11 | February 7, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

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