Reductions everywhere but at the top in Pennsylvania

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So much for all this talk about draconian spending cuts in Pennsylvania, not at least when it comes to all of Tom Corbett’s men and women. The closer you are to the governor and his office, and you need not worry about taking a reduction in pay.

As a matter of fact, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, workers in Corbett’s inner circle are earning more than those that worked for Ed Rendell. Corbett’s top staffers, 16 in all will collectively take home $2.07 million as compared to Rendell’s 18 top employees who were paid $2.09 million. Yes, Governor Corbett has trimmed his staff budget, but when you do the math it adds up to grocery counter coffee beans, at a time when Pennsylvania is facing as much as $5 billion deficit.

“How can the Governor ask the rest of the state to go on a diet when his staff is fiscally overweight,” said Rock The Capital’s Eric Epstein.

Corbett’s Spokesman Kevin Harley told the Inquirer that Corbett had made,”‘a conscious decision to pay the fairest market value to attract the best available talent.”

Corbett has the power, just like his predecessors to set salaries for his executive staff, and Epstein says the time has come to change the formula.

“This is an opportunity to examine managers in state government, and that includes the executive branch. Six-figure salaries ought to be pegged to accountability, merit markers, and performance milestones.”

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