How can city leaders take a raise now?

How can city leaders take a raise now?

There are 37 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Dec 11, 2008, titled How can city leaders take a raise now?. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

In this horrendous economic atmosphere in which masses of workers are being laid off, furloughed or fired or just can't find jobs, it is incredible that the leaders of city government are going to be enjoying a ...

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Lead by Example

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Dec 11, 2008
State employees will be furloughed, including teachers at colleges and universities, and people are out of work throughout Maryland. It shows the character of Baltimore's leadership to read about the so-called deserved salary increases that some luminaries will receive for their wonderful good works on behalf of the unemployed.
livewiremd

Ellicott City, MD

#2 Dec 11, 2008
This is a gutless move by sleazy politicians, and remember the majority who make laws in MD are Democrats. Instead of making tough decisions to save money, like cancelling failing programs, they go after state employees for money. They figure that taking a "few" days pay from employees will be accepted by them since they would fear reprisals if they complained. Notice that those at the top (Sheila Dixon) feel above having her pay cut. People say they voted historically for CHANGE this past election. Why not go after the real problem next time around? Vote out sitting Democrat politicians that have done nothing but raise our taxes and give us incompetent government.
Randy

Baltimore, MD

#3 Dec 11, 2008
That's okay, soon all will be forgiven and the intelligent voters in the city will re-elect Dixon.
Oh and the Blue state known as Maryland will also do the same with O'Malley.

No overtime for the Police

so many more will die,

but Dixon will tell you

she deserves the money

while she looks you in the eye
mike p

United States

#4 Dec 11, 2008
This is just business as usual in Maryland. Dixon and the rest of the city council taking raises that they voted for themselves and O'Malley spends 71 million to buy land while state employees give up 34 million in pay. Yea Maryland ...keep voting for these bums.
Markup

Pawling, NY

#5 Dec 11, 2008
Sheila Dixon feels she is entitled to the raise, just like she was entitled to the fur coat and shoes paid for by her boyfriend that won city contracts that she voted on. She is entitled to that raise for voting on Baltimore City contracts with a vendor that gave her sister a no-show job.
MdTaxPayer

Gwynn Oak, MD

#6 Dec 11, 2008
Dixon needs the money for her lawyer fees. Now there's an individual who should end up with a big fat check.
MMM

Baltimore, MD

#7 Dec 11, 2008
Everyone who thinks the raise is a bad idea should post here what how much the job would have to pay in order for them to run for office.
your master

Dundalk, MD

#8 Dec 11, 2008
why do you fools think you are on the same level as us. you are nothing more than serfs, i can't believe we have to explain it to you after showing you all these years. we deserve and get better health care, retirement plans all at your expense. when we die we make you honor us with great parades that force you to watch. now get to work peasants, i will be wanting another fur coat soon and the are not cheap...
DJS

Baltimore, MD

#9 Dec 11, 2008
I think it's absoulutely ridiculous that people want to make this a democrat vs republican thing. If you really believe a republican would act any different whatsover all I can say is your very naive.
This is a politician issue. Power makes people greedy. Democrats and Republicans are no different in that regard.
What does piss me off is that Dixon states, and I quote "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." How is she any different than the rest of the population. Who isn't trying to raise a family??!...and I'll wager a bet that most aren't making the $151,700 that she makes. I hope her and the rest of her ilk go straight to hell!
paul

Baltimore, MD

#10 Dec 11, 2008
Sheila Dixon doesn't give a rat's *ss about Baltimore. She's just in it for the $$$.
jwb

Baltimore, MD

#11 Dec 11, 2008
The idiocy of those who claim that the politicians are "only in it for the money" is unfathomable. How much do they think leaders of similar sized organizations make in the private sector? Comparisons by job type show that lower-level government jobs pay more than their private sector counterparts, and higher level jobs pay less, with the gap increasing along with the level of the job. To be "fair", then, we should further reduce the salary of the working level folks to put them on parity with the private sector, and further increase the salary of our leaders.
Most of the sanctimonious whiners probably haven't managed anything in their life, much less a city beset with problems. Let Mayor Dixon have her $71 a week- its not going to resolve the recession if she gives it back- and go back to digging your potholes.
wakeup

Columbia, MD

#12 Dec 11, 2008
dixons pay raise would be $3700.$3700!! how is that worth it to her? why doesnt she understand the political cost of this selfish and stubborn decision will be so much greater than that?? doesnt make any sense.
Randy

Baltimore, MD

#13 Dec 11, 2008
jwb wrote:
The idiocy of those who claim that the politicians are "only in it for the money" is unfathomable. How much do they think leaders of similar sized organizations make in the private sector? Comparisons by job type show that lower-level government jobs pay more than their private sector counterparts, and higher level jobs pay less, with the gap increasing along with the level of the job. To be "fair", then, we should further reduce the salary of the working level folks to put them on parity with the private sector, and further increase the salary of our leaders.
Most of the sanctimonious whiners probably haven't managed anything in their life, much less a city beset with problems. Let Mayor Dixon have her $71 a week- its not going to resolve the recession if she gives it back- and go back to digging your potholes.
No problem. You pay her.

Here is a perfect example of the naive and apathetic voter in Baltimore City.

Wow.
Pearl

United States

#14 Dec 11, 2008
jwb wrote:
Most of the sanctimonious whiners probably haven't managed anything in their life, much less a city beset with problems. Let Mayor Dixon have her $71 a week- its not going to resolve the recession if she gives it back- and go back to digging your potholes.
No they have not managed anything in the way of a city, but then again, neither has Steala Dixon either.
Not too greedy

United States

#15 Dec 11, 2008
MMM wrote:
Everyone who thinks the raise is a bad idea should post here what how much the job would have to pay in order for them to run for office.
I'd take an even $100K to do the job and a lot better than she can. Clean out the waste in the various organizations. Whenever you call the city about anything, nobody seems to know who does what. They only refer you to numbers that nobody answers (cost of a telephone line - don't answer it, don't need it.) If you don't know, then you go.
name not important

United States

#16 Dec 11, 2008
It would be a great idea for the voters "raising families" to remember Sheila's comments at the next election. Perhaps then she can find out what it is like to be out of work and raising a family.

She and the Big 3 automakers must share the same public relations experts (you know, when the Big 3 flew separate planes to DC to beg for money).
Joe

Gwynn Oak, MD

#17 Dec 11, 2008
They are self-serving crooks. No question about it.
Dunn

Glen Burnie, MD

#18 Dec 11, 2008
Yes, leaders should lead by example.
steveg

Ridgely, MD

#19 Dec 11, 2008
While on first consideration the issue of the raises for the city's top officials may seem to have nothing to do with race, this is the kind of problem that is inevitable in a government jurisdiction that is an overwhelming African American majority. The leaders might be good or bad, and it doesn't matter. they don't have to be competent, they don't have to be honest, they don't have to be politically sensitive - as long as they're black. So the high brown ladies in power don't have to worry about anything they do, because they'll still get elected no problem.
Bob

Elkton, MD

#20 Dec 11, 2008
Wah hahahahaha. You Baltimorons voted for trash and look what you got. You voted for all those worthless pieces of trash sitting in Annapolis as well aand you deserve what you get. There is a simple old saying- "Garbage in, garbage out." So way to go Baltimorons, keep electing garbage simply bc it is a democrat and stop your whining when they prove to be the selfish pieces of crap we always knew they were.

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