Regarding the recent Steve Greenhut article, Does Bell Toll for Excessive Public Pay…
Part of the problem is that many politicians, no matter how conservative they might claim to be, tend to forget how the money for salaries is generated.
Another problem, the politicians believe they must pay top dollar to keep talent. Although that mindset must stop, no agency wants to be the first to control bureaucrat salaries.
We must find a way to control salaries, since our elected officials for the most part can’t find the way to do so.
I suggest an initiative that would base the salary of government employees on that of the chief executive of the state (Governor), with no public employee in the state exceeding that amount. If agencies want to pay more, let them find the money from outside sources.
For example, if coaches are “that good,” then additional funds for their salaries could come from increased ticket sales. That should provide the incentive to fill the seats.
Don’t like this solution? Come up with another, but remember, this is government, NOT the private sector. There should be some sort of restriction placed on salaries, starting at the top.