On Jan. 1, the paychecks of Baltimore's top elected officials will get a little bigger.
The city's spending panel authorized raises Wednesday for Baltimore's new mayor, Catherine E. Pugh, plus City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Comptroller Joan M. Pratt and others.
Pugh's salary will rise from nearly $172,000 to about $176,000. The salaries for Young and Pratt will rise from more than $113,000 to more than $116,000.
The City Council passed a law in 2007 that entitles elected officials to a 2.5 percent raise if any of the city's union employees receive a raise in the city budget. Workers for several city unions received 2 percent raises in this...