Georgia Ag. Dept. Employees Got Raises Despite Budget Cuts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Atlanta, GA (AP) - Outgoing Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy
Irvin gave raises to more than 30 employees last month during a
prolonged period of state budget cuts.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV reported the raises
Monday after a joint investigation.

They found that the employees all received raises of 5 percent.
Seven others who work for a subsidiary of the Department of
Agriculture got raises of between 9 percent and 19 percent.

The investigation shows that a total of 41 employees got pay
increases at a cost to the state of more than $130,000 a year.

State employees haven't gotten raises in three years of
recession cutbacks.

Irvin, a Democrat, is retiring in January after more than 40
years in office. He said Monday he wishes he could have given
raises to more employees.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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