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Committee votes to cut correctional officers' pay raises

March 15, 2006|by TAMELA BAKER

ANNAPOLIS - The House Appropriations Committee voted unanimously late Tuesday to cut part of Gov. Robert Ehrlich's proposal to give correctional officers retroactive pay raises.

The committee's plan would make the pay raises - averaging more than 6 percent - available beginning April 15 rather than retroactive to Jan. 1, the date Ehrlich proposed. Otherwise the raises would be effective at the beginning of the new fiscal year, which starts July 1.

The plan would result in a $9 million cut to the $15.5 million Ehrlich proposed for the retroactive pay.

The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee voted earlier to cut the retroactive pay completely.

Neither vote is the last word. Both houses must iron out differences over the state budget before final approval.

Ehrlich spokesman Greg Massoni said he thought the governor would agree to the House proposal.

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