Raises by Mandel draw criticism

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Raises by Mandel draw criticism

The Toledo Blade – Josh Mandel, Ohio treasurer of state, has given his staff appointees large raises since he took office while awarding more modest raises to the employees he inherited when he became treasurer a year ago.

The analysis, done by the U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown re-election campaign and confirmed by The Blade, adds to the Democrats’ portrayal of Mr. Mandel — the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate — as having filled jobs in his office with well-paid political “cronies.”

But the Mandel staff said appointees received additional pay because they took on new administrative and supervisory duties, or received “nondiscretionary” raises as mandated by collective bargaining agreements or civil service rules.

Six Mandel political appointees received raises ranging from $250 to $1,153 per two-week pay period since the time he took office.

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