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Published: Tuesday, April 20 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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skitarghee

I'm less concerned with his current salary than the guaranteed pension plan that tax payers will have as an unfunded burden for the next 25 years. This is where the Tea Party needs to center attention....the public employee gold watch worth more than anyone in the private sector could ever find.

Florien Wineriter

No wonder UTA is Non Profit,the officials apparently receive the surplus income!

dcj07

Where there is a bloated hierarchy, there is an underperforming, poorly managed, bitter workforce. If you are looking to cut government spending. If your looking to redirect some money into schools and public safety, then this would be a good place to start.

No-one at the local level should be making this kind of obscene salary. I have rode on the LA and SF systems. They are well managed, interface with their regional counterparts extremely well, and their management gets paid less and their drivers and mechanics are probably better paid than their UTA counterparts.

It's your money... You decide

Louisiana Cougar

I've known John for four decades.

He has done a good job. . . but he's obviously way overpaid!

I don't get it! What's the justification for the kind of salary he receives?

In today's economy we cannot afford to destroy public trust by overpaying governmental execs.

Inglish is not the President. He's not the Governor. He runs a dang utility and we all pay his salary.

marxist

One could well argue that many who work as hard as Inglish, make only a tiny fraction of his salary. But are they undercompensated as much as Inglish is overcompensated? Be that as it may, Inglish is playing by the rules of capitalism - he is earning his marginal revenue product; that is he brings in more than he costs. Two factors have allowed SLC to snooker its cross-mountain rival Denver. They are the 2002 Winter Olympics (I opposed - I was wrong) and a revitalized public transit system, especially rail. Denver still doesn't know what it's doing in public transit. For our rebuilt transit system I largely credit Inglish.

River

UTA 2008

Revenue: $274 million
Available Revenue less operating exp.: $101 million
Contribution to Capital Reserves: $36 million
Mr. Inglish current salary: $339,179

UTAH UTES FOOTBALL 2008

Revenue: $16.4 million
Profit: $6.5 million
Mr. Whittingham current salary: $1,203,950

If we're going to call out the "over-paid" public employees, I think it's only fair that we take a stab at all of them, not just Mr. Inglish at UTA. Besides, it appears he has done a good job with UTA.

webmonkey

@River do you work for the large UTA PR department? Your logic is completely wrong on so many levels. UTA doesn't make revenue and please stop calling it that. They take taxpayer money and call it revenue. If they actually covered their operation with money collected from fares, then you might have something, but they don't even come close. So you can't claim Mr. Inglish's salary is fair for the money UTA generates. They get TAXPAYER dollars to fund these outrageous salaries. Coach Whitt on the other hand makes a profit for the athletic program and his salary does not come from taxpayer money. So try as hard as you want to justify this Mr, Inglish and his cronies salaries, but it doesn't pass the smell test and everyone knows it. We just need to get the legislature to dissolve UTA once and for all. UTA needs to be apart of UDOT so our transportation needs can be met instead of having Mr. Inglish fill his public transit trophy case with projects like FrontRunner.

Vince

Greed, greed, greed! Dump them all, they are the same as the price fixing oil companies.

Vince

@ Web Monkey. Just where does Coach Whitts salary come from? Private donation? Give me a break!

hurrah

Inglish could ultimately be remembered as the person who bankrupted UTA. Under his leadership UTA has grown but how much of that growth is sustainable? Frontrunner has very few riders but costs a lot to run. The Utah County Frontrunner line is likely to be just as expensive and unpopular. The new TRAX lines will cost as much to run as the current ones but will not go to as popular transit destinations. Now they are going start investing in real estate. Can you imagine what their finances would look like if they could have invested in "transit oriented" condos three years ago? Who will get stuck with the bill when they need a bailout?

Curmudgeon

We need to look beyond Mr. Inglish, who is only doing what any good capitalist would do--maximizing his personal profit. The question is, who authorized his outrageous salary? Those are the people who need to be held accountable and ousted.

River

@webmonkey... No, I do not work for UTA's PR department, and you're right. The majority of UTA's revenue comes from sales tax. (2008: $188 million) That said, however, roughly $51 million in revenue that same year came from passenger and advertising revenue and investment income.

I was not trying to justify Mr. Inglish's salary in the least bit. I was just saying we should be fair in our criticisms of public employees.

Here's an idea... why doesn't the state use profits from its school's sports programs to help (and I stress the word "help") fund things like public transportation? Just because Coach Whittingham's team is successful in bringing in a good profit, in my opinion, doesn't justify his outrageously high salary! Why does our society worship sports so much anyway?

webmonkey

@Vince maybe you should do your homework before you say stupid things. Coach Whitt's salary does not come from taxpayer dollars. The football team MAKES money and they can easily afford to pay Coach Whitt his salary, plus help fund the other sports in the athletic program. Plus his salary includes money from sponsors like Under Armour and television show appearance. Plus the Crimson Club is the funding arm of the department and when you have people like Spence Eccles and Jon Huntsman donating millions, you really don't need a quarter of a cent sales tax to pay Coach Whitt's salary.

Fitness Freak

Its NOT just Inglish! Take a look at the public employment salaries, and then QUIT wondering why the state can't make its budget balance and deliver quality government for its citizens.

There are HUNDREDS of salaries in state govt. and its subdivisions that are WAY OVER 100k.

And yes, if the State govt. would TRY to do something about the ridiculous salaries, other local governments would follow!

No one expects public employees to have to work at minimum wage - but we don't expect to have to pay them 6 figures either!

Spiff

To: Fitness Freak I agree many salaries for public servants are way too high. But, don't lump us all together. I am a public employee that took a 45% cut in pay just to keep my job. No one else in may area took a pay cut. My family now is on foodstamps. It is so easy to say find another job. Tell me who is hiring?

webmonkey

@Spiff, I feel bad for your situation. Taking a pay cut is horrible. But I think people need to view Government employment as service. Nobody is hiring right now and many people are losing their jobs. Government employees should feel the pain too. For every job in government, taxpayers are paying the bill. That means we should be very frugal with our hiring practices. If there is less revenue coming into government, then people will have to lose their jobs. This isn't a private business. Government doesn't produce anything. They just take it from one person and give it to another.

bobosmom

I think Inglish's salary is way to much. I rode on UTA for years and I was not impressed with it. They cut service and he makes that much money.

Anonymous Infinity

There is no doubt that government and quasi-government employees are over the top on salary/benefits levels. This covers cities/counties/states/education. Utah has far too many agencies/communities to be supported by the tax base. Unfunded retirement benefits at all levels heads the list. I am advocating less government and get back to the basics of police/fire/utilities/roads. These services should be selfsupporting and not become an albetros on all of the citizens. Unionism in government, including education is entirely out of line with reality. The downturn in the economy has exasperated all investments and has hammered the pension plans of all of us. Why should public sector employess and public elected officials have life long sweetheart retirement plans that are totally unfunded by the individual. If we all had to live with 401 type plans then the federal government might truly keep an eye on some of the corruption caused. Barney Frank and Chris Dodd should be under investigation with the Freddy Mac and Fanny Mae debacle they caused with no down loans that lead to economic chaos we had. Blaming President Bush is so juvenile. The mainstream media is complicit in no coverage.

Fitness Freak

I need to clarify.
Government service is a great and honorable endeavor. Or at least its supposed to be. NO ONE (no one rational at least)believes that government service should mean that one shouldn't earn a living wage.
What HAS happened over the years, I think, are that SOME govt. employees (usually those at the top of the food chain)have convinced the legislature, and/or their "boards" of directors that somehow they should have their wage increased to the astronomical proportions evident with Inglishs' (and others).

Yes, taxpayers MAY have to pay DRs., lawyers, engineers, and other LICENSED, CERTIFIED occupations a salary greater than 100k. BUT those salary arrangements should be VERY limited.
As far as I know, Inglish (and others in his salary range)do not possess ANY OF THOSE qualifications. They, in most cases, just have the BS factor (I'm not referring to Bachelor of Science)down to an art form.

Again, the legislature needs to "step up to the plate" and return some of these ridiculous salaries to reasonable levels.
Thanks to ALL those hardworking govt. employees who keep things going!!

iKristine

That salary is obscene. Especially considering the juggle on his plate.

I ride UTA everyday, and am continually amazed at how much they cut all the time. I understand the math and taxes and ridership, but it seems unless your infrustructure is healthy, you should not be paid so much. People should only get bonuses on performance that obscene.

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