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Commissioners dock Gains' budget in response to raises granted his staff

Published: Wed, March 23, 2011 @ 10:49 p.m.


Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul J. Gains says he hasn’t decided whether he’ll partly or fully rescind pay raises he gave his staff now that the county commissioners have docked his budget $100,000.

Over Gains’ protest tonight, the commissioners unanimously cut $100,000 from the prosecutor’s 2011 budget because of their dissatisfaction with raises Gains issued Jan. 31.

“All three county commissioners were extremely unhappy with the amount of money that was spent on raises for his staff,” Commissioner Chairman John A. McNally IV said of the $220,000 worth of increases.

Some of the raises were between $8,000 and $12,000 a year, McNally said, calling those “excessive” under current local economic conditions.

Gains called the move unprecedented and irresponsibl. It "will severely hinder our efforts to put criminals in prison and make this community a safer community,” he said.

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1CassAnn(252 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

How can that possibly hinder him or his department anymore??? Might get some fresh people in there that actually care about prosecuting criminals.

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2palbubba(809 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Arrogance at its best. Does Gains actually believe raises will help put people in prison? Fewer plea bargains and actual prosecution will work better. If anyone other than his family ever votes for him again they ought to be locked up for stupidity.

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3madman(50 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

You people are so dum.But you think its ok to let Jimmy Hushes to come back to work for the city of youngstown with full pay .Gains is the only one to take pay cuts in the city not Jay williams not Jimmy Hughes lets see how thay get out of this one .............

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4unhappyvoter1(87 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

with all workers in county and private sector laid off this is a slap in the face for gaines to give raises like that.

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5unhappyvoter1(87 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

to many chiefs and not enough workers!

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6Millie(192 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

But Hughes can walk off with his $500,000 in drop plus his retirement, and now get rehired!

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Taxpayers are expendable and government officials are sacred . The message from Gains is loud and clear .

When is the Jamar Houser case to be plea bargained down to disorderly conduct ? It's been over a year since he was charged with no visible action .

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8computer_rick(137 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Look, I am a little sick of folks bagging on our political leaders for handing out cash to their friends, cronies, co-workers, whatever...

The whole purpose to getting and holding an elective office is to make as much money as you can, while you can. This is something that I learned in Prof. Binions class, and also from former head of County Democratic party chair, as well as the Mahoning county republican party chair.

I mean, look at it this way... Say you are just some schlub lawyer making a few hundred k per year in the county court system. You retire after thirty years (provided you don't do something stupid, like get your license yanked for robbing old ladies trust funds) you have a few million, correct? Well, that is money you earned.

Now, say you instead aint so gifted, brain wise, you have to figure out how to get those few millions in the bank, without having access to old ladies trust funds and getting that 30% off the top on those class action lawsuits. You have two choices...

1) rig a scheme where you charge folks to downgrade their DUI and DWI's to reckless ops for a grand or two. And have a gradated scale for all other crimes. (until "pinky' comes along and blows it all for everyone, the yutz).

2) You pay yourself well over what you are actually worth, and contract out all the actual casework. This gives you time for you to do all that contract work on the side that pays even more.

For Youngstown, it is a win-win scenario! firstly, you don't have some borachone trying (and losing, badly) cases that first year clerks know better than to try. And secondly, well, OK, secondly it keeps them out of the court room. I used to love watching Hanni Sr. hold forth court in the court house. He would sit there, no socks and loafers, while all the lawyers and legal staffers knelt before him. Kind of like the scene in "The King and I" where all of Yul Brynners wives would be arrayed at his feet as he described his view of the world.

Now, what was that derogatory term that they used for Panama's il Presidente? referring to his pineapple face? Any takers? I personally am all for calling a pineapple a pineapple...

"Pina" Gaines

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