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Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 3:46am

Report: Some Ag. Dept. Employees Got Raises

Outgoing Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin gave raises to more than 30 employees last month during a prolonged period of state budget cuts.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV in Atlanta reported the raises Monday after a joint investigation.

They found that the employees all received raises of 5 percent. Seven others who work for a subsidiary of the Department of Agriculture got raises of between 9 percent and 19 percent.

The investigation shows that a total of 41 employees got pay increases at a cost to the state of more than $130,000 a year.

State employees haven't gotten raises in three years of recession cutbacks.

Irvin, a Democrat, is retiring in January after more than 40 years in office. He said Monday he wishes he could have given raises to more employees.

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