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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Baltimore, MD

#21 Dec 11, 2008
Steve, go back to patrolling the border.

Baltimore, MD

#22 Dec 11, 2008
You heard her - she has children to raise. And apparently $148K a year is just not enough to do that effectively.

If I were a city resident (and thank God I am not), I would be mortified that she needs more money than her current salary, and most of her electorate probably can't make ends meet without living paycheck to paycheck.

But hey, you get what you vote for. And apparently the people of Baltimore City voted for bloated scumbags.

Columbus, IN

#23 Dec 11, 2008
If politicians had integrity, they wouldn't be politicians.

Baltimore, MD

#24 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.
The purpose of these offices is to serve the public...first! Pay should be second. Period.

So your request is irrelevant.

However, if we are going to run cities, counties, states and our country based on the pay of the top officials, then they need to be help personally accountable for the fiscal disasters they have created. If you want to get paid like a CEO - then you should be able to get fired like a CEO!
mike- nottingham

United States

#25 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.
Comparisons by job type? Tell us what studies you are referring to that shows what you say about private vs. public pay scales. High level private positions demand that you produce or else. Don't think so? Ask the GM big wigs sitting before Congress right now getting their a**** chewed out. Who does the Mayor have to answer to? The electorate in Baltimore City? That mob would vote for Charlie Manson or the Fuerher if they ran for public office as a Democrat.

Salisbury, MD

#26 Dec 11, 2008
It really grinds my gears that Sheila Dixon and other council members have the gall to take a pay raise right now when cops are being told no overtime, city workers being are laid off, and state workers being forced to take time off without pay. Who do they think they are? They call it a living expense raise, ha! At this juncture in our economy I don't see how someone making $148,000 needs a living expense raise. And that bull-oney about working 7 days a week and raising a family with a daughter in college. Does she realize how many families out there bust their butts working multiple jobs to send their kid to school making not even half of that? And by the way, Sheila Dixon hasn't had a great track record when it comes to money. Didn't the FBI just visit her house? It seems to me that ethics and decency are two things Dixon isn't acquainted with...although corruption seems to be right up her alley. There has to be some sort of recourse citizens can take since we weren't asked if we wanted to give them more money. Recall election anyone?

Washington, DC

#27 Dec 11, 2008
Who would not want a raise? However, given the actions taken by the city and state under the current conditions who on earth with a conscience could accept a raise?

Our elected officials obviously, and no doubt they'll be happy to raise our taxes at the next convenient opportunity.

Mayor Dixon tried to justify on the local news last night her getting a raise because she needed it since her daughter was in college. Well, Mayor Dixon, how many city residents could only wish to have their child in college even when the economy is booming?

Nothing like rank elitism.

Baltimore, MD

#28 Dec 11, 2008
Another classic example of why this city is in ruins. Congrats Baltimore, you picked another Winner.

Westminster, MD

#30 Dec 11, 2008
[email protected]

here is her e-mail address. tell he what you think.

“Real Leadership and Trust”

Since: Sep 08

Annapolis, Maryland

#31 Dec 11, 2008
Amazingly she has thought about it and is now donating her pay raise. She is also asking others that received raises to do the same. Funny but as far as I know she was the main person defending her raise while others already expressed they would give back the money. Dixon is a piece of work.

“Real Leadership and Trust”

Since: Sep 08

Annapolis, Maryland

#32 Dec 11, 2008
Randy wrote:
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
I can not disagree with you. Saidly we have some corrupt officials running this state. Not as bad as some but they do just enough to line their pockets and not enough to do time in federal prison. Let's hope we can prevent Dixon from being re-elected.

“Real Leadership and Trust”

Since: Sep 08

Annapolis, Maryland

#33 Dec 11, 2008
your master wrote:
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...
Question. Who was that contractor that was "banging" Dixon's brains out while buying her minks and jewelry? I think he got hotel rooms in New Orleans, Chicago, and NYC to bang her out. What was he name?

Gwynn Oak, MD

#34 Dec 11, 2008
Liberal Soldier wrote:
Amazingly she has thought about it and is now donating her pay raise. She is also asking others that received raises to do the same. Funny but as far as I know she was the main person defending her raise while others already expressed they would give back the money. Dixon is a piece of work.
Piece of work? I usually don't have to work to make a piece of crap.

Simpsonville, MD

#35 Dec 11, 2008
Liberal Soldier wrote:
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Question. Who was that contractor that was "banging" Dixon's brains out...
So, the Mayor likes it in the back door???

Towson, MD

#36 Dec 11, 2008
This donation of raises is a typical slick trick. It's tax payer money being donated to start and secondly will it be donated every year? Of course not. CEOs shouldn't get pay raises but Sheila and the Council should? This is absurd but expected from a corrupt and leaderless City.

Towson, MD

#37 Dec 11, 2008
Did you know she is alos looking at private schools outside of the City for her kids? Scumbag!
name not important

United States

#38 Dec 12, 2008
Another poster said it, but let's see if they reverse the pay raise permanantly. Bet they don't, and next year they get the raise and everyone has forgotten about it. Meanwhile they are making tax deductible donations at tax payers expense? And city has to pay the matching taxes, unemployment etc so it costs the city MORE than the apparent raise? Wouldn't it be better to reduce the salary? Sorry, but when you elect a bunch of unqualifieds, this is what you get. What's Schaefer doing these days?

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