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COMMISSION TONES DOWN PAY INCREASES FOR DELAWARE OFFICIALS

Dover, DE – A Delaware state panel has toned down its proposal to boost the salaries of Governor Minner and other state officials. Members of the Delaware Compensation Commission agreed yesterday to limit proposed raises to no more than 20 percent of official's current pay. That limitation is already spelled out in state law. The move followed public outcry about the commission's initial recommendations of huge raises for Minner, Lieutenant Governor John Carney and others. Carney's salary is now expected to increase about 13 percent, from $64,900 to about $73,000. The commission initially recommended a 56% increase, saying it had become full-time. Governor Minner was still get a raise that was recommended four years ago.