February 7, 1995 in Nation/World

King Center Payroll Up Sharply

Compiled From Wire Services

The payroll at the financially strapped King Center has risen sharply in recent years, especially for upper management, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change is a private organization, but more than $2 million of its $4.9 million in income last year came from government grants.

Spending for “management-general salaries” increased from $285,301 in fiscal 1992 to $970,738 in 1994, the newspaper reported, citing the center’s financial statements. The payroll for all employees has nearly doubled since 1990, it said.

The King Center showed deficits of $2.1 million in that period.

King Center officials, who asked the newspaper to submit questions in writing, declined to provide answers.

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