It’s certainly not fiscally prudent.
State Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin, retiring after more than 40 years in office, granted raises to more than 30 employees in October as the state continued through a prolonged period of budget cuts, AJC reporter Aaron Gould Sheinin writes.
An investigation by Channel 2 Action News and the AJC found that the employees all received 5 percent raises, while seven others who work for a subsidiary of the Department of Agriculture received raises between 9 percent and 19 percent. In all, 41 employees received pay increases at a cost to the state of more than $130,000 a year, Sheinin writes.
State employees have not have raises in three years of recessionary cutbacks, a period that has resulted in furlough days, departmental cutbacks and an overall statewide unemployment rate surpassing the national average.
Gary Black, the Republican successor to the top agriculture spot, said he will ask the employees to give back the money, Sheinin reports.
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