WOW!! Good work if you can get it.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
@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.
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
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!
@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.
@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?
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
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?
@ Web Monkey. Just where does Coach Whitts salary come from? Private donation?
Give me a break!
Greed, greed, greed! Dump them all, they are the same as the price fixing oil
@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.
UTA 2008Revenue: $274 millionAvailable Revenue less operating
exp.: $101 millionContribution to Capital Reserves: $36 millionMr.
Inglish current salary: $339,179UTAH UTES FOOTBALL 2008Revenue: $16.4 millionProfit: $6.5 millionMr. Whittingham current
salary: $1,203,950If 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.
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
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.
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
No wonder UTA is Non Profit,the officials apparently receive the surplus income!
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.