Public works halts raises for 3 aides to governor

September 25, 1997|By William F. Zorzi Jr. | William F. Zorzi Jr.,SUN STAFF

Two members of the Board of Public Works balked yesterday at a proposal by Gov. Parris N. Glendening to give pay raises to two of his press aides and a top budget official.

The board, which consists of Glendening, Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein and Treasurer Richard N. Dixon, did approve a $3,900-a-year raise for the governor's press secretary, Judi Scioli.

But it rejected increases for Ray Feldmann, Glendening's deputy press secretary, Jacqueline M. Lampell, an assistant press secretary, and T. Eloise Foster, the deputy budget secretary.

Under the proposal, Foster would have realized an 8 percent increase, taking her annual salary from $93,096 to $100,542; Feldmann would have seen a 15.3 percent jump, from $61,514 to $70,912, and Lampell's pay would have increased 9.9 percent, from $58,672 to $64,500.

Administration officials said they were seeking the increases because of office restructuring that increased the employees' responsibilities.

But Dixon, who initiated the attack on the raises, said he was opposed to those three because the legislature's fiscal analysts had recommended against them.

"The percentages were way too high," Dixon said, explaining his opposition after the meeting. "If the [analysts] say it's too high, I don't vote for it."

During the meeting, Goldstein seemed riled by the proposal and raised concerns about pay scales for "other employees of this state."

"I got people handling billions and billions of dollars -- billions," he said. "Why can't we get 8 percent? Six percent is fine, but 8 percent is too big a jump."

Scioli's salary increases 4.9 percent to $85,194 under the board's action yesterday.

Glendening said nothing during the discussion except to ask Foster -- the budget department official presenting the requests -- to withdraw them.

Diane L. King , a spokeswoman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), declined to comment on the board's action. She noted, however, that most state workers have received just two cost-of-living increases in the past seven years -- 3 percent in 1994 and 2 percent in July 1995.

Glendening has promised state workers a 2 percent raise next year.

Pub Date: 9/25/97

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