Mixed reaction over proposed city employee raises

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PHOENIX - There is outrage over the proposal to give Phoenix city employees nearly $30 million in raises, despite the deficit.

Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos said the criticism is not justified.

The raises aren't really raises, according to Cavazos. They are one-time bonuses handed out by merit to employees as a reward for remaining with the city.

Proponents of the plan say the merit raises are needed to retain good employees.

Critics, like city Councilman Sal DiCiccio, say it adds to an already bloated bureaucracy maintained by cash-strapped taxpayers.