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Prince George's County Considers Increasing Pay

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By Matt Laslo

Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson is recommending raises for county workers despite ongoing budget problems.

Johnson made the recommendation this month to increase pay by 2 percent for roughly 6,000 union and nonunion employees. Analysts say that raise could cost the county approximately $12 million annually.

The county's budget difficulties have caused a number of cutbacks: most notably, mandatory, unpaid furlough days for school workers.

Johnson, who is term limited, will have left office by the time the county funds the increases.

Rushern Baker, who won the Democratic primary to replace Johnson, declined to comment.

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