Calif. mayor's budget accounts for raise, despite his opposition

05/2/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has unveiled a budget proposal that includes a $21 million special reserve to cover a 5.5% raise for city workers, despite his effort to persuade labor unions and lawmakers to abandon the raise and pay more for health care. City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana says granting the raise would increase the 2014-2015 budget deficit by $108 million, but labor leaders say they will not contribute more toward health care.

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