Ball initially called the proposal reasonable, but said this week he is not sure whether he will vote for the pay raise legislation.
Jennifer Terrasa is also on the fence.Well please allow me to sway you:
Howard's nearly 2,000 workers received no cost-of-living pay raise this year and lost four days of pay between Christmas and New Year's Day, while department heads and elected officials gave up five days of pay to save a total of about $1.8 million.
If these raises are accepted, we deserve some explanation as to why 2,000 full-time employees didn't deserve a raise, but five part-timers did. I know its a hard job, and it doesn't "feel" like a part time job, but if you don't think you're being paid enough, there are those gearing up campaigns right now that would love to try to "make it work."
Frankly, this is shameful. My wife, until about 6 months ago, worked for the University of Maryland school system. I know what it is like to figure out how to budget for these furloughs when you rely on a steady income. I was incensed that I had to budget, when those that had been elected had failed to account for hard times. I am furious that county workers are going to have to make those same decisions when the people that write and vote on our budget are "not sure" about whether they will give themselves raises.
Go ahead and call me a party hack or "ultra-pro-Anthony Jordan," but please also explain why this makes sense.