The recent decision by state Auditor Suzanne Bump to raise the salaries of 98 members of her auditing staff is audacious and worth scrutinizing: The raises, of 7.6 percent for 70 of the workers, and 15.7 percent for 28 audit supervisors, will help retain and attract more qualified job candidates, and thereby improve productivity, Bump argues. But while voters should give Bump the benefit of the doubt, they should also make sure the promised efficiencies bear fruit.
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