Did You Get A Raise?

I didn’t either.

However, the folks who brought you the largest tax increase in Maryland history and said that they would stop massive electricity rate increases are getting huge pay increases.

Gov. Martin O’Malley gave more than $600,000 in pay raises to 47 of his top aides at a time when legislative analysts are considering postponing raises for state employees to close a $333 million budget shortfall, according to documents obtained by The Washington Times.

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The raises, which range between $2,167 and $33,265 — or between 2.3 percent and 37.5 percent of the employee’s salary — come as state lawmakers say they may have to cut $570 million or more in state spending.

The governor has a history of rewarding failure:

In 2000, as mayor of Baltimore, Mr. O’Malley accepted a raise in salary from $95,000 to $125,000 that his predecessor had declined because of the city’s troubled financial condition. Baltimore at the time was facing a $158 million shortfall, but Mr. O’Malley also increased the salary potential for his top aides from a maximum of $108,700 to a maximum of $140,000.

Nice work, if you can get it.

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