Some people are concerned about the pay gap…

April 13th, 2009

…between what some CEOs make and what their workers make.

I’m a lot more concerned about the gap between what government workers earn and what private workers do.

After all, cialis generic healing I can choose not to buy from a business that overpays their CEO. I can’t choose not to pay the government.

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  • 1. Zach W.  |  April 13th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Elliott, do you think all government workers are overpaid, or just certain ones? If it’s just certain ones, care to cite an example?

  • 2. JJ  |  April 14th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Zach – here are a few to start with….

    “At a time when the state keeps making funding cuts and taxpayers face yearly tax increases, our investigation found, between salary and benefits –like healthcare and retirement– MPS will spend more than $150,000 on dozens of principals.

    Eleven will see more than $180,000 and eight MPS principals will make more $190,000.

    “Actually, you should hold the board accountable for making those sorts of changes,” said veteran MPS Board Member Robert Spence.

    But it was the MPS board that signed off on the principals’ 62.5% benefit rate.

    “You’re thinking, well, there’s something wrong with this picture,” said Sparks. “If they’re making that much, they should have a top performing school.”

    Sometimes. But not always. For example, since 2006, Custer High School has seen test scores freefall. Only 16% its 10th-graders had proficient reading skills and just 13% scored proficient in math last time around.

    Yet, Custer’s principal kept getting raises and, this year, is among those highest paid. Total taxpayer cost: Nearly $195,000, including nearly $75,000 in benefits.

    It’s not just happening at Custer. Every MPS principal has the same sky-high benefits rate, including those who head up schools that keep showing up on the district’s SIFI list — schools identified for improvement.”

  • 3. charliesaurus  |  April 14th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    there’s no accountability in government– what… write a letter?! Maybe get a form letter back? atleast in a corporation – the board can fire a CEO when a share price falls too far.

  • 4. charliesaurus  |  April 14th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Or you can sell your stock & choose not to buy products too.

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