Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Lawrence Council Gives Ricketts $11,000 Pay Raise
The Lawrence City Council gave Mayor Paul Ricketts an $11,000 pay raise by virtue of a 5-4 vote last night. Ricketts said nothing about the $65,000 a year pay being too low when he ran for mayor last year. Now he says the pay is too low when compared to cities of comparable size. Of course, he fails to mention the difference with those other cities. Lawrence's mayor plays a secondary role compared to other mayors because the city has been consolidated into the City of Indianapolis. The fact is that Lawrence city government and other municipal governments in Marion County should be eliminated and have their duties transferred to the consoliated city government. They perform duplicate services at best and create an unnecessary extra layer of government. Republicans should denounce Ricketts, a career government employee, for becoming such an embarrassment to the party.