Thursday, May 6, 2010

Herald Highlights Quasi-Public Salaries

A story in today's Boston Herald highlights a Senate Republican Caucus proposal to cap salaries at the state's quasi-public agencies, which has stalled in the House since passing the Senate by a near-unanimous vote of 35-2 on April 8.

The proposal, filed by Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei as part of an economic development agency reorganization bill, would prohibit any employee at the state's quasi-public agencies from earning a salary higher than the Governor, who currently takes home just over $140,000 a year. The proposal allows for limited exceptions to the salary cap, but only if the agency can justify the pay differential in writing and secure the approval of the Secretary of Administration and Finance.

The Herald has identified more than 450 employees at various quasi-public agencies making over $100,000 a year, including 76 who currently earn more than the Governor. Be sure to check out the Herald's front-page story and its accompanying sidebar on some of the highest-paid employees. While you're there, make sure you cast a vote in the Herald's on-line poll.