Onondaga County NY (where I used to live) politicians have decided to give themselves a raise. 27% for the County Executive, and 15% for most of the rest of the county politicians.
The excuse? Its been 8yrs since the last raise and:
even kids working at McDonald’s have had raises in that time.
There’s just one teensy little problem with that comparison……
Nobody, not nobody, in store level retail or food service, receives a 15-27% raise for staying in the same position. Not in today’s economy! And not for the past several years. Certainly the largest raise I’ve ever gotten, with an Excellent yearly review, while staying in the same position, was barely 2%. It was, btw, a whole $0.25 increase in hourly wage. I guess, if you want to assume 2% times 8yrs I MIGHT see a 15-16% raise. But in all honesty? Not really…..
The County Exec will be receiving an additional $33,000 a year.
I don’t have a problem with the concept that someone who’s been in the same position for an extended period, who you feel has done the job well, deserves a raise. But 15-27%?? No fucking way……