With cuts looming, MTA payroll increased

(AP) - Even as service cuts and layoffs loom, salariesat the agency that operates New York City's subways and buses haveincreased for the second year

NEW YORK - (AP) - Even as service cuts and layoffs loom, salariesat the agency that operates New York City's subways and buses haveincreased for the second year in a row.

The Empire Center for New York State Policy released dataWednesday that shows the average pay at the MetropolitanTransportation Authority increased more than 2 percent in 2009.More than 10 percent of employees made at least $100,000. Theaverage pay for an employee was just under $70,000.

MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz says the increase was due to raisesalready promised to unions. All managers had their pay frozen lastyear.

Due to an $800 million budget shortfall, service cuts andlayoffs are planned for the end of June.

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