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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 19 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Emajor
Ogden, UT

Considering that all state employees are similarly poorly paid compared to contemporaries in other states, I would much rather see them get the pay raise than our 6-figure earning top elected officials. Herbert gets free housing (a mansion) and a car during his term, perks other state employees who aren't already independently wealthy from their real estate businesses couldn't even dream of.

Ever see what kind of pitiful salary a social worker who works with neglected/abused children makes in this state? Look it up and then decide for yourself if Governor Herbert needs to be shoveled $150K per year.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

This seems like a well reasoned editorial. Utah's governor doesn't need to be among the top 10 paid in the US.

This increase is also difficult to swallow given the low salaries of other state employees.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

Come again. What on earth does the headline on the opinion page mean?

Flashback
Kearns, UT

They choose to run for office. Why do they need a pay raise? They can quit any time they want. No pay raise for anyone. It's not like the Gov is John Inglish.

dalefarr
South Jordan, Utah

They can easily do anything they like with no fear of reprisal. One party government perpetually elected by Utahns has not checks and no balance. The pay raise recommendation is due to the compensation committee comprised of powerful lobbysts. We get the kind of government the lobbysts pay for.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

I appreciate our Governor, but ... He gets a free house and already makes quite a bit of money. In this country we have the mistaken notion that those at the top merit or deserve . . .WAY . . . more than the average person. This simply isn't so. To justify this, committees who decide such things point to other similar organizations. Well did it occur to these committees that other similar organizations might be wrong?

In private industry, CEO's take (notice I didn't say make) 500 times what their average workers make. This is wrong.

Look to the federal government as a righteous model. The president of the United States makes only $400,000 a year in salary. Generals of the United States military make typically $160,000 in salary. This is a better model than looking at private industry which has gotten out of control, or even looking at other states which probably do take some of their guidance from private industry.

aghast
SYRACUSE, UT

State of Utah employees are dead last, yes, 50 of 50 of employees with comparable pay in other states and have received one pay raise in the last 5 years. What a crock! No pay raises until you take care of your own.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Let that free market decide. Laughing. Politicians are quitting because the pay is too low?

Sense of entitlement anyone? Half price.

stanfunky
Salt Lake City, UT

Let Herbert resign and work private sector, if he thinks $110,000 plus housing, etc. is too low. He's a realtor, he could easily get a job on some board of directors or something like that.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

See how they are creating a false argument? It's no longer if the get a pay raise but how quickly.

Did the voters vote them a pay raise?

Wonder
Provo, UT

Give ordinary state workers a raise first and then we'll talk about giving you these ridiculous raises. Amazing how a bunch of people who absolutely hate the government with all their hearts are the first in line to demand more from said evil government. Pack of moochers one and all.

David
Centerville, UT

No pay raise. To do so is bad timing if nothing else. The economy is still struggling in my opinion.

Legislators tend to treat themselves very well.

Several years ago they spent $30 Million to give themselves a new parking garage. Now they want a pay raise.

Yet state employees and education remain poorly funded.

How about if legislator & governor pay increases are tied to them finding a way to fund education so we aren't at or near the bottom of the barrel any longer.

Dektol
Powell, OH

NO elected official should ever get a pay raise they vote on. They knew the pay when they ran for office. The only elected officials who should get pay raises are new officeholders - from a pay raise voted on by the old hands.
NO elected official should get retirement pay for their elected office. If they want retirement pay - get a real job.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Now why in the world didn't the commission include all state workers in their study?

one old man
Ogden, UT

Does anyone remember the Republican hysteria over entitlements?

Are these politicians feeling as if they are somehow entitled?

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

Leaders should lead by example --

Not do as I say, not as i do.

BTW - Utah's #1 problem right now is underfunded EDUCATION,
not undunded Governor's salaries.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "Open Minded Mormon" education is funded more than adequately. If you bothered to do some research, over the past 30 years funding for education has doubled (accounting for inflation), yet testing shows no improvement.

You also forget that less than 60% of the funding actually makes it to the classroom.

How about we get more of the funding to the classroom before we start to increase funding

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

We have a spending problem.

Unless, of course, you are a Republican waiting for a handout from taxpayers.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "There You Go Again" you forgot that Democrats seeking re-election also have no problems with more spending.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Why are you defending the Governor's pay raise of 36% RedShirt?

Your motto of "cut of ALL Government spending" lacks integrity.
and is disingenous to all your core beliefs.

Be honest with youself,
before projecting and expecting it of others.

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