Another optics problem
Friday, Jan 30, 2015 - Posted by Rich Miller
* This started off with a chief of staff for the First Lady and is now mushrooming into a full-fledged meme…
While criticizing state spending and state worker salaries as too high, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is paying top members of his administration significantly more than their predecessors in Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration, a review by The Associated Press has found.
An AP review of state payroll records found nine of ten top administrative posts paying more under Rauner, who took office earlier this month. On an annual basis, those Rauner staffers will make more than the equivalent Quinn staffers by nearly 36 percent, or roughly $380,000.
Among those receiving more is Rauner’s deputy governor, Olin “Trey” Childress III, a former chief operating officer for the state of Georgia, who is making $198,000 a year, a 24 percent increase over Quinn’s deputy governor’s $150,000 salary.
Rauner has been bashing state workers, complaining about an exploding payroll and an unsustainable state spending spree, yet nobody thought this could happen when salaries were set? Or did they figure it would happen and didn’t care? That would be a perfectly stereotypical 1 percenter way of thinking. All for me and none for you.
* Also, he’s got plenty of protection money in the bank…
Rauner hasn’t said how exactly he plans to spend that $20 million-plus, but he made it clear talking to reporters on the day after he was inaugurated this month that he’s preparing to charge again into the battle for hearts and minds.
“The voters need to be informed about the issues and what’s going on,” he said. “The voters need to understand my personal view of the issues and the agenda … . We’ve got to get our message to the voters and to the citizens, the taxpayers, the families …” […]
I can easily imagine his presentation repackaged into television commercials as he attempts to take his urgent “turnaround” message directly to the people, bypassing media critics and analysts who are challenging some of Rauner’s numbers.