In the same way that George Bush doesn't pay attention to polls, it looks like Ted Kulongoski didn't read any of the thousand negative comments about his idea to give pay raises to his "appointees" in the state. "Recent economic events" must be code for "avoiding a revolution" in his mind. From the AP...
Ore. governor scrubs scheduled pay raises
Associated Press - September 25, 2008 12:05 AM ET
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Gov. Ted Kulongoski has repealed scheduled 3.2% pay raise for Oregon's executive directors, citing "recent economic events."
Spokeswoman Anna Richter Taylor said Tuesday that he had studied the issue as economic indicators predicted problems. "The governor recognizes families are tightening their belts and state government needs to as well," she said.
State union workers still will get a contract 3.2% cost of living adjustment on Nov. 1.
State agency directors were on track for much larger raises due to a large catch-up salary overhaul Kulongoski ordered last year to make state executive pay more competitive. The 2009 Legislature may consider larger raises for some elected officials.