Backdated payraises are not okay. Mayor Mouthpiece Victoria Mallete can't talk her way out of that one. County Commissioner Sally Heyman (never one to mince words) has a right to be angry:
"What the mayor submitted to us is false, absolutely misleading. A lie. Everyone knew we were coming into tough times, yet now to find out he gave raises to his top staff -- I find it appalling."
Also, while the Mayor is calling for 5% salary cuts of Miami Dade Employees in the proposed budget, the Herald said:
"In all, 12 employees of the mayor have received raises of more than 10 percent since last year..."
Damn, that is not okay either. And, btw, I could update your Facebook page for $46,000 a year Mr. Mayor and I will throw in a free blog, or I will do both for $10,000 and a pension. That will save you $36,000. I am often a fan of the Mayor's but this Miami Herald article by the tag-team of Haggman and Dolan is not making me happy one bit. Mr. Mayor, the salaries are out of control. Look at State of Florida staff salaries for some guidance and show leadership in lowering the bar on pay. Municipal workers get great perks and a pension, in exchange for lower salaries, that is how it SHOULD work. There are over 80 angry comments on the Herald site so far. I like this one on the Mayor's Chief of Staff salary of $206,783: "Morales is making more money than a United States Senator. Something is wrong here."