Rawlings-Blake to give away $4,000 pay raise
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will give away her annual pay raise of about $4,000, her office announced Monday.
The mayor, who makes $155,493 annually, will give the 2.5 percent salary increase to the city's YouthWorks program, which helps find summer jobs for city teenagers and young adults, according to a statement from the mayor's spokesman, Ryan O'Doherty.
Rawlings-Blake receives an automatic annual raise due to a 2007 law passed by the City Council, her office said.
YouthWorks is run out of the Mayor's Office of Employment Development. The program places young people between the ages of 14 and 21 in six-week summer work experiences with private-sector businesses, nonprofits, and city and state government agencies.
Rawlings-Blake also said she plans to participate in the city's employee furlough plan. The statements says the mayor has reduced spending in her office by nearly 20 percent in the last two years.