I've listed several state agencies where there seem to be a redundancy of positions and inflated salaries. Take a look at those in yesterday's postings, then consider the following:
State Ethics Commission
Executive Director $105,971
4 Staff Attorneys for a total 346,929
Have they earned their keep? Look at yesterday's announcement concerning a Plea Bargain and the case building against former Governor Easley. The Feds brought that one to the bar of justice.
Lt. Governor's Office
Asst for Research & Policy $62,000
Director of Communication 64,000
Special Projects Manager 62,000
Special Assistant 70,000
Asst Policy Director 67,000
Chief of Staff 107,000
What are Special Projects? What does a Special Assistant do? Why can'nt the Governor and Lt. Governor both share a Communications Director?
State Health Plan -- this is the Agency which oversees the health plan for state employees
Executive Administrator $200,000
Executive VP 142,000
Director, Product Development 99,174
Network Manager 74,205
Legal Counsel 96,174
Human Resources Director 94,700
Director, Corporate Commun 93,572
Deputy Exec Administrator 136,537
Health Care Manager 80,000
Director, Contract Compliance 78,916
Director, Pharmacy Benefits 76,806
I T Manager 62,399
Acctg Supervisor 80,000
Clinical Risk Manager 83,000
Sixteen employees being paid $1,493,051 with state benefits and maybe a few state vehicles thrown in. Why would they need an attorney?
This type of redundancy is found throughout state government. In a tight economy with limited cash, can the State afford so many employees earning over $200,000 a year plus benefits?
It's my money and its your money. While she calls for some across the board cuts, it seems to me there are plenty of departments which should receive special attention. The Education Lottery and Cultural Affairs Departments come to the forefront.
She talks about eliminating 600 jobs as part of the process. The vast majority of those jobs are currently vacant. So if the jobs are vacant; no pay or benefits are being expended, how does that save one dollar?
Federal stimulus money, a cornerstone of her budget, runs out this year. What happens on January 1 when there are no federal stimulus dollars?
Medicaid Fraud will be targeted. Why has that not been an ongoing process for the last 30 or 40 years? Since Medicaid is expected to spend $500,000,000 more than budgeted due to government mandates, where is the savings?
We have a primary election in a few weeks. When you attend a candidates forum, ask the candidates some specific questions. Will they push to eliminate some of these wasteful and redundant positions?
We need to hold the feet to the fire right now. Get after your current state Senator and Legislator. They're the ones who have to take this proposal and make the changes to achieve the mandated balanced budget.
Even with a billion dollars in cuts, it still comes up short.
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