City Desk

Most D.C. Council Members Get Pay Raises

The Examiner reports that all D.C. councilmembers but David Catania, Kwame Brown, Michael Brown, and Mary Cheh are taking $2,802 raises this year:

"I just didn't feel comfortable giving myself a pay raise when our employees weren't getting a pay raise," [Kwame] Brown told The Washington Examiner on Tuesday.

According to the chief financial officer's estimate in 2006, the compensation increases totaled $1.4 million through 2010. The bill's passage in December 2006 raised council members' salaries in 2007 from $92,530 to $115,000 and the chairman's salary to $190,000. In 2008, cost-of-living increases kicked in and salaries were $125,538 by 2011, for an increase of 36 percent in six years.

We'll remind you that councilmembers make more than $125,000 with no restrictions on outside work. Last spring, five councilmembers—both Browns, Catania, Cheh, and Jack Evans, pictured here—reported outside income ranging from $30,000 to $280,000.

Evans, who pulled in $190,000 from his consulting gig at Patton Boggs, just couldn't turn down an additional $2,800.

Worth noting: Median household income in D.C. is $58,526, according to the latest Census. Which makes the pay increase worth about 4.7 percent of the median income for the council's constituents.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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  • StrangeFruit

    Shani Hilton,

    You reported that Brown said, "I just didn't feel comfortable giving myself a pay raise when our employees weren't getting a pay raise,"

    There are two Browns on the council, which Brown are you quoting?

  • Shani Hilton

    @StrangeFruit Kwame! (And that wasn't my reporting, it was a quote from the Examiner article I linked to.)

  • councilworker

    bowser owes ward 4 a refund

  • StrangeFruit

    @ Shani HIlton,

    The Examiner stated it was Kwame Brown, why didn't you?

  • Shani Hilton

    Vast right-wing conspiracy!

    (Just a simple error.)

  • Karen

    Yet our Metropolitan Police Officers haven't received a cost of living adjustment in 5 (FIVE) years!!

  • Hail to Em

    "Evans, who pulled in $190,000 from his consulting gig at Patton Boggs, just couldn't turn down an additional $2,800."

    Why the pic and shout out to Evans and not any of the other CMs who took the increase? "Just couldn't turn down?" What is that even supposed to mean or imply,Ms. Hilton?

  • teamtango

    how is it possible for k. brown to turn down a COLA when the chairman's salary is set statutorily at $10,00 less than the mayor's salary and is not subject to COLA's as are councilmember's salaries?

  • Shani Hilton

    @Hail To Em: It means that—as I wrote—of the councilmembers who report outside income, Evans was the only one to also take the raise.

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