Shortly after this year's General Assembly began, Gov. Robert Ehrlich announced a plan to raise salaries of correctional officers throughout the state.
But a budget analysis from the Department of Legislative Services has recommended holding back a portion of it, at least until July.
"It's outrageous, it's ridiculous and we need to revisit it," said Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington.
"This budget analyst has recommended the General Assembly cut the funds for the retroactive pay increase and other incentives. This would mean that correctional officers would not get their promised raises until July," Mary Ann Saar, secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said in a statement released Thursday. "Correctional officers need, deserve and were promised this money now, and to deny this retroactive pay raise is a slap in the face of every man and woman who works in the prisons and detention centers every day to ensure our safety."