Gazette, 19 Oct 2010 (Valentine).
The Prince George's County Council's proposal Tuesday to increase its $96,417 annual salary — the highest amount earned by council members in Maryland — drew sharp criticism from at least one presumptive council member.
"Are they really doing this? This is a really bad idea," said Mel Franklin, the presumptive District 9 county councilman, who is unopposed in the general election.
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Term-limited County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) currently makes $174,540 per year, the most of any county executive in Maryland.
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The proposal to increase pay comes just one week after members of the council delayed a vote giving county employees a 2 percent pay increase beginning Jan. 2. ...