Governor withdraws plan for pay raises

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has withdrawn his request to give raises to 14 of his administration's top officials.

The governor's decision came hours after House Speaker Gordon Fox announced opposition to the raises and said he would call for a vote on Wednesday to block them.

More than 20 House lawmakers wrote to ask for that vote, arguing raises would send a bad message to taxpayers struggling with a tough economy.

The governor's proposal would have given the directors 3 percent raises in June and another 3 percent in December.

Chafee spokeswoman Christine Hunsinger says the governor still believes the raises are well deserved, but withdrew the request in light of the state's $50 million revenue shortfall.

State directors have not seen an across-the-board increase since a 4.5 percent bump in 2002.