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Poll: Should State Limit Public Employee Pay to $174,000 a Year?

State Sen. Joel Anderson of East County contends pay is too high for many state workers.

State Sen. Joel Anderson’s SB 1368 would limit the annual pay of any state officer or employee to no higher than that of the governor, now set at $173,987. [Here is the text.] In announcing last week that the bill had been approved by the Senate Public Employee and Retirement Committee, Anderson's office said: “In 2011, over 9,000 state employees were earning more than the governor, above and beyond  the national average for similar positions.” He cited examples such as $784,595 paid physicians and surgeons for the Department of Corrections. SB 1368 will be heard today [Tuesday] in the Senate Governmental Organization Committee. Is Anderson on the right track or going overboard? 

Tom Yarnall April 25, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Oh yes Diane. California really needs to attract the best minds. Just think how bad things would be if we didn't have these creative people, making $300K to $400K salaries, with retirement benefits that exceed these numbers.I wish they could use their creativity to help their boss, Gov. Brown, figure out how to get the unemployment rate below 11%. I wish they could help him figure out why people are leaving California in droves and with disgust. And why large companies, like Google, are opening large facilities in Texas and other states. And why state government is becoming the largest industry in California. Do you know why? It surely isn't because we are not paying top dollar to the creative ones.
Tom Yarnall April 26, 2012 at 04:35 PM
This is an article that describes the state of the state. Having the best qualified and compensated government employees has really made a difference in California, don't you think? http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304444604577340531861056966.html?mod=igoogle_wsj_gadgv1.
Kevin George April 26, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Tom, let's start a pool to guess where Diane works
Tom Yarnall April 26, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Yes, but I think it would be better if Ken Stone could have a " This is not a scientific poll" questionnaire. It would be a kick to see how he would phrase it.
Sergio Marron May 02, 2012 at 05:15 AM
This is a foolish idea; we have millions of potential leaders who would gladly take 50k+ these leadership positions. I am certain that anyone could do a better job that the fat cats who are driving the state to be America's Greece.

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