The Nation: Sweetening The Pot

Carter boosts his staff's pay

Christmas has come a little early for 389 members of the White House staff—all those, in fact, who earn less than $47,500. Santa Carter has boosted their pay by 7.05%, effective Oct. 9. While many of the staffers no doubt deserved a merit raise, the blanket increase—to a top of $47,500 for some people—lifted Washington eyebrows. Quite a few who got the increases had held modest to middling jobs before joining the White House staff, made fractions of their current pay, and were hired less for their professional ability...

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