Public officials turn down raises in tough times

Well, everywhere except KISD.  From today’s USA Today:

Some public officials are declining or rescinding pay raises as hard times squeeze state and local budgets.

“We have to set the example,” says Rochester, N.Y., Mayor Robert Duffy, a Democrat who declined a salary increase to $131,525 from $127,694.

“We are on the verge of a taxpayer revolt because people are so tired” of wasteful government and corporate spending, Duffy says. Rochester has a $32 million budget gap.

President Ryan Alexander of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a non-partisan budget watchdog group, says it’s “a demonstration of leadership” for officials to refuse raises when employees are being laid off, but “right now, it’s the exception, not the rule.”

Leadership, that’s what we are missing.

Thanks again to Big Bob for forwarding the link. 


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