Do As I Say, Not As I Do

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Reluctantly, Anne Arundel County (MD) Executive Janet S. Owens has submitted a proposal to her County Council that would give teachers, in her own words, an "unfair" and "fiscally unwise" 1 percent pay raise. How can a relatively modest $4.3 million expenditure merit such a harsh description? Executive Owens claims that, in the face of a $7 million deficit, it is wrong to raise the salaries of some county employees teachers without raising all wages. Despite her stated opposition, Owens herself submitted the bill to the Council after having been heavily lobbied by the school administration.