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June 1st, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Should federal employees earn more than the governors of the states where they work?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

More than 77,000 federal workers make more money each year than the governors of the states where they work. That's according to a new congressional research report. The figures are based on 2009 salaries, the most recent data available.

It comes at a time when cutting budgets and the size of government are hot button issues.

Almost a quarter of those earning more than their governors were doctors, more than 18,000 according to the report. The second-highest percentage is air traffic controllers, about 5,000 out-earned their states' governors. There are also more than 4,000 attorneys on the list, 22 librarians and one interior designer.

Say what?

Governors' salaries differ from state to state. The lowest is Maine, $70,000 a year. The highest is California, where the governor makes more than $212,000 a year. Colorado had the largest number of workers making more than its governor, more than 10,000. Delaware had the fewest, 37.

A spokesperson for the American Federation of Government Employees, a union that represents more than 600,000 federal employees, discounted the report, telling the Washington Times that many of these employees work in higher paying medical fields. Others also say many of these workers have reached those salaries after many years on the job.

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Stella in New York:
I'm a federal employee and proud of it. I work my butt off and heart out for the soldiers and organizations I service. Some weeks I put in 60-70 hrs. I guess you think we're just rolling in the money as hard and long as we work. How's less than $50,000 a year sound to you? Just remember there are thousands of federal employees like myself across this country. I don’t see any governors around my pay scale. Do you?

Ted:
This is yet another bogus comparison to make federal salaries look out of step. Why are we comparing governors to doctors or engineers in the first place? It is hardly unusual for people in these professions to earn less than $150k–especially if they're working in a large metro area. If anything, all this shows is that governors are massively underpaid for the amount of responsibility they have.

Cy in Arlington, Virginia:
So, if you're a computer genius designing software for the government, you should work for well below your free market value because voters don't want to feel like they're overpaying hack politicians? Sounds like Socialism to me.

Marilyn in Powell, Ohio:
More than likely, yes. They do all the grunt work. You know, just like the underpaid administrative assistants of the big shot executives.

Bryan in Colorado:
Who cares? I have a college degree with 20 years experience and make less than uneducated data entry personnel working in a government union. I apply every time a position becomes open for government work and have been told several times that I am over qualified. We need to be concerned about the unemployed private sector non union workers. We are the ones taking it in the shorts.

Ash in Portland, Oregon:
Should ball players earn more than doctors, CEOs more than U.S. presidents, hard-bitten CNN newsmen more than teachers? Sure, why the heck not? The list of things that actually make sense in this world is far shorter than those that don't.


Filed under: Government
soundoff (149 Responses)
  1. Bob Kobs

    Do governors have a professional field they are specialized in? Are you asking if Palin, with no qualification whatsoever, should earn more than chief statisticiam or chief surgeon? You have your answer.

    In this era of the tea-baggers, any imbecile can become a governor. Not so becoming a surgeon or a chief engineer.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  2. Kevin in CA

    Sure Federal employees should earn more than the Governor in that state, after all, the Fed employees don't have slush funds, kickbacks and backroom deals to line their pockets after a couple of years of work.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  3. Russ in PA

    In our Bizarro World where public unions can coerce politicians into giving them what they want – at the expense of tax payers – such pay scales probably make sense.

    But, of course, in a real world, public unions would either not exist or would have to compete in the market place like the rest of us working stiffs.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  4. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    Depends on the governor.

    G.W. was a governor. He was so pathetic that the Dixie Chicks gave the world a heads up. Bush should not only return all monies he accepted as governor, but should pay America back what he took while playing president.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  5. Kim Smith

    Governors come and go, and most of them are already wealthy by anyones standard. Their mansion is paid for, security paid for, transportation paid for and on and on. Most of them hold no special skill-set, other than being able to raise money for their own elections.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  6. David in Tampa

    Jack, not all federal employees make more than governors, and there are many hard working federal employees that make way less than family and friends of governors that are on state payrolls.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  7. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    YES IF they have an education or expertise that warrants higher pay.

    many Federal workers have advanced education and/or a special skills. most Governors, esp some recently elected ones, are just political hacks.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  8. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack, some of the governors we had here in Pennsylvania I should have made more than them.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  9. pat in michigan

    Let me ask you Jack.When was the last time you saw a politician get his hands dirty and actually do something besides run his mouth .

    June 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  10. Peg in NY

    If the federal employees work harder than the Governor, then yes, they should be paid more.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  11. Joe

    Jack,
    Secret deals in secret places involve numerous politicians at all ends of the spectrum; so, a Governor's position is more about power and influence, than the money. Look at Wisconsin, Ohio, to see these are Governors with a background, which is being controlled by someone else; therefore, to criticize different federal workers without knowing their duties is premature. Reduce all federal and state workers pay by 10 percent, and see the savings, and if they are not paying for health insurance, as in Congress, then they need to pay or we need to have universal health care.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    June 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  12. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Yes, federal employees should earn what other federal employees make for doing the same work. If you are FBI, DEA, Federa marshal, CIA, IRS, lawyer, judge, engineer or scientist you proably will make more than most governor's and why not? Bill Clinton made 36k as governor and Hillary made 650k as a corporate lawyer. College football coaches make millions, and some high school coaches make over 250k. House members, and senators make more than governors also. Your question is kind of lame tonight.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  13. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Only if they do more for their state than the governor. Someone has to govern while the governor is hiking somewhere right?

    June 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  14. Paul, New Port Richey, Fl

    Government jobs are now the jackpot. There was a time that a government job was the last resort for a job seeker. Now it's big bucks, union cover, and easy to achieve juicy retirement for supporting a corrupt system; what's not to like?

    June 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  15. Bill in New Mexico

    Yes!

    A federal employee should be paid in comparison to federal employees, not state employees.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  16. Ed from Texas

    Of course, if they have more education and training than's required of a politician to get elected governor.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  17. Irene, Lehigh Acres, Fl

    Since Governors are elected by the people & are not specifically chosen for the qualifications they have but the money they spend & the "ability" to dazzle the folks. Yes. However, they must give an honest days work for an honest days wage. They can not take 2 hour lunches, manage their personal business from the office , play solitare or do your on line shopping for birthdays & holidays. I know of what I speak because I worked in a county office for several years & saw much of this done first hand. it all comes down to who has the best work ethic.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  18. Irene, Lehigh Acres, Fl

    No, they think a bigger scandal will happen & take over the News Cycle instead of them. Most seem to have a"bullet proof" mentality.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  19. Rick, Medina, OH

    Jack,

    Perhaps a better question is, "What should a governor earn?" Most are responsible for billion-dollar budgets and workforces in the 100's of thousands. Compare that to CEO pay. The short answer is that federal employees should earn approximately what they would earn in similar private-sector jobs.

    Rick,
    Medina, OH

    June 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  20. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Only if it's a job in the state of Texas.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  21. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    It depends on what the federal employee does, how long they've worked for the federal government, and how well he/she does their job.

    June 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  22. Gary H. Boyd

    Absolutely Jack. A Governor's nothing more than a fast talking politician. Compare that with a federal employee who might be a rocket scientist, an FBI agent or an air traffic controller - all jobs of consequence. Besides, politicians aren't in it for the money - they just want the applause, adulation, and spotlight. Just ask the ex-Governors of Illinois, California, New York and South Carolina to name just a few.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  23. lou

    You know who makes more than federal employees and the governor in most states? College football and basketball coaches. If we're going to start looking at pay based on responsibilty lets begin there. I don't know anyone who thinks running a state full of people is less important that directing a sports team.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  24. Jeannine

    No. In general, government employees need a dose of reality...their salaries are unsustainable in today's environment.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  25. Sylvia from California

    Absolutely not and thanks to the greedy unions, this is happening and the tax payers are left holding the bag. I am sick and tired of paying these outragious salaries and benefits for these public employee freeloaders.....

    June 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  26. Ed from California

    Do you want to start a collection for the governors now, Jack? Lets get a telethon, going. Look at Christy of New Jersey. He flew to his kids baseball game on the taxpayers dime in a taxpayer funded state helicopter. I guess he'd have pay for five seats on a commercial plane. So, flying that way is better for his ego and his patriotic duty to his state and country.

    If, you don't like what the State and Federal employee's get as far as pay and benefits.........get a better negotiator!!! Or simply get more people back to work. Where are the jobs, Mr. Boehner????

    June 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  27. Scott in Bellingham

    Some federal employees could be worth more than what is paid to the governors in the states where they work.

    For example, the state of Arkansas paid Bill Clinton $28,400 per year when he was there. I'm guessing that there was a federal worker in Arkansas at that time earning $29, 000 or more and I'm OK with that. That same year the governor of Rhode Island was paid about $450,000. No federal worker is worth $450,000.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  28. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Some federal employees should earn a great deal more than some governors – your favorite governor comes to mind here – you know, the one you are always giving millions in free publicity to whenever she opens her squealy little mouth.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  29. KEN IN CALIFORNIA

    With California's last governor that would have been impossible with the exterminator.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  30. JENNA

    Should federal employees earn more than the governors of the states where they work?

    Why not Jack, state governors come and go but Federal Employees in states can work 20 – 30 years and their pay increases based on performance.

    Frankly if you are a State Governor, Congressperson, Senator, Supreme Court Justice, VP or President you should not receive one red cent of pay. It should be an honor and a priveldge to serve the people of your state or nation. They are ALL RICH anyways so no one will go hungry. Plus add in term limits at the Federal level of 12 years for each Congress/Senate/SC/President – so no one will hold office for "life". AND make sure that the only health care they have is what every American is entitled to and not more.

    But this is only my opinion.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    June 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  31. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    Yagotta be kidding us Jack! Federal employees should not be paid any more than a similar job in the private sector. I work in the private sector and make in excess of $75,000 working 60+ hours per week in a high stress enviornment. A neighbor works for Uncle Sugar at 40 hours per week and, as he admits "...does very little with plenty of benefits" and makes $120,000. I have not heard of the U.S. Congress adressing decreasing pay of federal employees as part of a spending cut.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  32. chris

    they all need a pay cut and contribute to their own pensions and cut perks and get rid of some like cell phones and car or car allowance they get paid enough to buy their own stuff like that they all need a pay cut their getting paid way too much and to many benefits

    June 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  33. diridi

    yes....I think we need to pass term limits on all these guys that are elected....enough of mess...

    June 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  34. Randy

    Just the republican run states.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  35. Phil, Georgia

    Governors, Senators and the President work very hard often doing a variety of unofficial jobs and should be compensated with a great salary. How do the lowest of sports players make more than the U.S. president who saved America from collapse. We need to pay those who do a great work for us.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  36. Bob D Iowa

    When it comes to the service that the Governor of Iowa is providing, why are we even paying him or any of these Tea Party Born Again Republican Governors? They think they speak for God or the Mafia it just depends the time of day. Currently our thinks he is Marshal Matt Dillon from Gun Smoke, this isn't Dodge City Terry. He needs to be committed since we can’t recall the gun toting thug.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  37. Steve, New York

    There is no fairness in wages anymore in this country.
    If Cathy Kouric, when working for a couple hours a day for CBS, could make 20 million dollars a year, Jack you should be good for 1 million a year.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  38. Frankie

    In Ohio, definitely they should.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  39. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    Is this another tactic to discredit Gov't workers? Check out what the local and state gov't workers get for benifits and compare it to the federal gov/t. Federal Gov't workers are facing a 20% increase in thier premiums for health care on top of the 40% they pay now.
    They also face a cost of living freeze for the next 3 to 5 years on top of that. They also face a possible reduction in thier pensions too. The federal gov't has changed. It no longer hands out benfits like it did a generation ago.
    The governors recieve many benifits on the side that we never see.

    All Federal workers get a bad rap because they see what's reported on the news about our idiot politicians in DC and the public thinks all the federal workers are dishonest like them and don't do a damn thing to earn thier keep.
    Your not helping Jack! Get all the facts first.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  40. Stella-Northern New York

    Hello again Jack. I'm a federal employee and proud of it. I work my butt and heart out for the soldiers and organizations I service. Some weeks I have to put in 60-70 hrs because there are not enough busy bee federal workers like myself to take care of our soldiers when they are deploying. I love each and everyone of them. The other federal employees who work along side me feel the same as I do. I guess you think we're just rolling in the money as hard and long as we work.
    How's less than 50K a year sound to you? Yes I have all the normal deductions taken out of my salary as everyone else does to include paying for my health care benefits.(only congress gets a free ride for their health care and believe me their plan is 100 times better than mine. If you really did your homework on federal salaries you would find most federal employees earn around what I do. Just remember there are thousands of federal employees like myself across this country taking care of soldiers who are our sons/daughters/brothers/sisters/and grandchildren. We work hard for them,we love them, and we're most proud of them. I DON'T SEE ANY GOVERNORS AROUND MY PAY SCALE-DO YOU?

    June 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  41. Annie, Atlanta

    Depends. There have to be people on local government payrolls that aren't ignorant idiots like the new crop of governors we've seen of late. So in those instances, most definitely.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  42. Walt in Omaha

    I'd like you to really address the stupidity of not raising the Debt Ceiling.

    Wall Street is more perception than numbers. The Threat of Default will do more damage than the Tea Party has done so far.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  43. Mr. D

    Why not. They are being paid with borrowed money. Is there a balanced budget in their future? Hard to imagine such a rational thing.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  44. Don Desaulniers (Belleville, Canada)

    The trouble with this question, Jack, is that now you've let the cat out of the bag. I bet the poor governors will raise their own remuneration to the head of the pack by next Monday.
    And you were hoping the top federal employees instead would be shamed into voluntarily reducing their pay as a tribute to their governors. Sometimes you seem a bit naive, Jack! But we like you anyway.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  45. Matt McClamrock

    ATLANTA, GA – – Yes. It is obvious that most of the right wing governors who are imposing their own radical agendas on several states have no experience in actual governance or community organization, but rather more experience as a political operative for the wealthy – like the Koch brothers. Whereas, state employees are hired based on their skills and abilities and not so much a popularity contest.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  46. Bud Rupert

    It is counter intuitive to think that the Chief Excecutive Officer of a state makes lees then a regular GS'r. On the other hand most Cabinet Secretaries and some SES level govies, in most cases, earn their dough and then some. But, as a rule, I would say that a State CEO should make top dollar and in-line with a Cabinet Level Official

    June 1, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  47. andyz Lynn, MA

    Of course, many federal employees have more responsibility than many governors. Who would I give the larger salary: the govenors of North Dakota, the governor of South Dakota, the governor of Montana or the Secretary of Defense. Who do you think should be paid more?

    June 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  48. Dennis north carolina

    They should not earn more than the private sector in a job of equal status, so the answer is no and the next answer to the next question which is the governor should not get a raise because they are over paid.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  49. Ed from MD

    Yes, because the feds can leach off 50 states plus whatever they can suck up on the global scene. Governors have only one state to leach off plus whatever they can get past the feds. i.e. the fed is the bigger fish so the least of the feds is greater than the greatest of state employees.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  50. Paul P.

    Oh, I don't know. it may give a governor a plateau to aspire to.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  51. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Having served as a Federal employee for 40 plus years it became very clear to me that Governors of some states (Texas,m California, NY) have huge responsibilities with multiple Mayors and state senators and/or representatives while Governors of other states (R.I, N.H, Main) have significantly less responsibility. Federal employees generally overseen National and in some case international programs and therefore should be paid for that responsibility. So, in answer to your question, in some cases yes and in some cases no. You could put the same question to U.S Senators of small states versus those U. S Senators of large states. they are both paid the same salaries.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  52. Rich McKinney, Texas

    That is hard to say Jack. Most governors that I know of don't deserve a pay check. Then again I have met federal employees that didn't either. I think for the most part people should be compensated for what they produce and that goes double for elected officials. In most jobs if you don't work up to par your either retrained or fired. How can you retrain a governor who never had skills for the job in the first place.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  53. Loren

    What does what the State pays have to do with what the Feds pay? Granted it is cheaper to live in some States, but the Federal pay scale is not based on cost of living in any particular location (though maybe it should). You also should recognize that there are political perks to the office of geovernor that aren't available to Federal employees. Remember Rod? (former governor of Illinois currently on trial for trying to cash in those perks)

    June 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  54. Bryan, Colorado

    Who cares, I have a college degree with 20 years experience and make less than uneducated data entry personel working in a goverment union. I apply every time a position becomes open for goverment work and have been told several times that I am over qualified. We need to be concerned about the unemployed private sector non union workers. We are the ones taking it in the shorts.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  55. ImALibertarian

    – Houston

    Federal employees should earn something appropriate with the value of what they produce. If that value is more than the product of governors of the states where they work, then yes. If not, then no.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  56. Ted

    This is yet another bogus comparison to make federal salaries look out of step. Why are we comparing governors to doctors or engineers in the first place?? It is hardly unusual for people in these professions to earn more than $150k–especially if they're working in a large metro area. If anything, all this shows is that governors are massively underpaid for the amount of responsibility they have.

    And by the way, if you read the actual details of the CRS report, you'll see that govenors' housing and transportation benefits aren't included in the study, which certainly would make their pay appear less than what their true compensation is...I bet feds would love to have no mortgage or gas payments to make each month!

    June 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  57. Melissa Leanza

    No, Federal employees should not make more than governors. Government employment should be about getting paid while serving your nation, not a set for life cushy job with all the benefits and perks at the expense of the taxpayers. Many Federal employees are better paid than their private sector counterparts plus they get better benefits and job security. This is wrong.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  58. Ash, Portland Oregon

    ... Should ball players earn more than doctors, CEOs more than U.S. presidents, hardbitten CNN newsmen more than teachers? Sure, why the heck not? The list of things that actually make sense in this world is far shorter than those that don't.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  59. Cy Gardner

    So, if you're a computer genius designing software for the government, you should work for well below your free market value because voters don't want to feel like they're overpaying hack politicians. Sounds like Socialism to me. cy Arlington, VA

    June 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  60. Cy Gardner

    Why are we still paying governors? Why can't states save money by taking away their salaries and let rich people and corporations pay their salaries for them. Cut out the middle men/women and just let the politicians work directly for the Koch brothers or Exxon or whichever health insurance company has a monopoly in that state. It would be much more efficient than our current charade. Cy Arlington, VA

    June 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  61. Marilyn, Powell OH

    More than likely, YES. The do all the grunt work' you know, just like the underpaid "administrative assistants" of the big shot executives.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  62. George in PA

    Anyone is worth just as much, or as little as someone else is willing to pay. Would a higher salary bring us a better governor? Or would a higher salary bring us a better doctor? You can answer those questions for yourself.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  63. Nina Fox

    Most federal employees do not receive higher wages than Governors of states. However, if they do… somehow I find it poetic justice after watching how some of these governors conduct themselves. Federal government employees including all politicians’ wages are in outer space as they far exceed other public and private employees. How about bringing them down to earth?

    June 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  64. Donald in CA

    Yes, most federal employee's were a lot smarter and more productive then arnold schwarzenegger was. Dick perry, the texas governor is another example. When george bush was governor is another example, he was the slowest guy in the room.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  65. Jane (Minnesota)

    Based on what I've seen some of the Governors doing this year, I'd say it's fine for a Federal Employee to make more than they do. The Governors are not given competency tests to see if they can be Governor – that's not a bad idea now that I think about it.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  66. Kevin SD CA

    Federal, State, Local, and sub-local government Employs and Officials should all start with a wage equal to the minimum wage of the public sector, then have to take responsibility for the product of their position; if they perform they get preset bonuses for successes, and rewarded for their departments operating in the black; it they fail to perform they get nothing but minimum wage!

    We have Agency on top of agency on top of agency in bed with the people that they are supposed to be regulating; until we set standards of full responsibility for every individual position being supported by our taxes dollars we will just continue to be bled by the leaches and parasites in Cush government jobs!

    This goes for the military complex also!

    June 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  67. David of Alexandria VA

    Federal employees should earn a salary commensurate with their skills and private sector counterparts - including taking benefits into accounts. Governors should be paid according t their state governance - sounds like a bunch of them are underpaid or a bunch of feds may be overpaid. But - pegging an air traffic controller's salary to the governors sounds kind of silly.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  68. Carl

    Jack,

    They are all over paid corrupt pigs. Come to Illinois, where all of our govenors serve 2 terms, the first in office, the 2nd. in prison.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  69. John from Alabama

    Jack: The governor of Alabama spend $2 million of his own money to get a job that pays only $75,000.00 a year. Go figure!

    June 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  70. Armando Alvarado

    Why not... for all we know the governors have already earned or will earn millions sitting on some bloody corporate board of directors... Public employees should be paid what they do after years of service... How much do you get paid JACK???

    Armando
    Ventura, CA

    June 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  71. Ralph Spyer

    In Illinois every other Governor goes to Jail . The last republican governor sold license to drive trucks;then a illegal drove into a van killing a family of 6. The democratic X governor try to sell Obama senate appointment. There a lot of extra that come with the job; who sell food at the airport, who get the contract to fix the roads', what ever the state has to buy and who do you buy it from. and is there a kick back???

    June 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  72. bob in florida

    Yes Jack, they should! They are worth a good bit more than a Governor.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  73. lindaglenn

    one word Jack and that is NO!

    June 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  74. Dustin Baker, Georgia

    It depends Jack. Should a secretary at the FBI make more than a governor? No. Should a medical doctor who has worked serving Veterans for twenty years make more than $70,000 in Maine. Sure. Who knows how much money they have foregone serving this country's veterans than working in the private sector.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  75. Frances Kelly - Florida

    Governors have POWER! - and they presumably ran for office to serve the people of their state . Being governor of a state should not have particular monetary rewards. The people who earn more money than the governer, are highly skilled in fields that require such skill, and are necessary to the competent running of the state's various activities. - they are not politicians, but are serving the needs of the state with their particular expertise.... Come on Jack! - should governors be kings???

    June 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  76. Eileen

    If the Federal Employee is working at a job that requires higher learning, experience, and tenure than a Governor....than they should be making more money.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  77. Dietrich

    I don't begrudge these employees their higher salaries. They have education, skills, experience, and backgrounds to do what needs to be done for the good of the citizens, whereas governors require only the ability to lie and manipulate people.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  78. Tim

    its too late , contractors on Ft Huachuca make $100k easy working for the Federal Government.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  79. Carl in Tucson

    I get my care at a VA hospital. Anyone can be governor, just look at Arizona or Alaska. My doctor had better be worth more than a Brewer or a Palin. This hysteria about Federal pay needs to be tempered with a realization that we live in the real world. Otherwise we will get the least able if we are willing to pay the least for their services.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  80. Steven

    I have no problem with Air Traffic Controllers and especially Doctors and Lawyers making more money then a govenour. These types of jobs requrie years of training and perfection is expected from these people everyday. Doctors and Lawyers are doing our country a service working for the government where they could be making much more money in the private sector. If the government did not pay well how would it be able to attract good doctors and lawyers.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  81. Trevor - Washington DC

    You need to keep in mind that the governor collects more than his/her salary.

    Take South Dakota, for example, where I believe the governor gets to keep all campaign contributions. While the governor may only make $100,000 in salary, his campaign contributions make him a millionaire.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  82. Deb

    Yes, especially more than Republican governors like those in Wisconsin and Florida. They don't deserve a penny.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  83. Ed Fertik

    Prior to my very recent retirement I earned $101,000 per year as a federal employee. I had a Masters degree and twenty four years of experience in a professional job. What do you have against earning a good living? Did I do something wrong? Governors should be paid more. Even the governor of Maine should be paid more. Why am I responsible for their low pay?

    New York

    June 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  84. Albert

    Jeff,

    Doctors, and lawyers spend tremendous amount of their time and effort to reach a point where, they make handsome amount of money. Average Doctor, or Lawyer are with 200000 dollars in debt when they begins their carrier. All the Governor's we get who don't know even which news paper they read, many of them not even high school scholar. They are just governor, governed by people around them. Governors are bunch of stupids. They don't deserve any more than minimum wages.Albert

    June 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  85. Joe in HI

    your last sentence should say if all. These fed employees have worked a lot longer than the Governor. They are more skilled, more highly trained and more highly qualified to do their high paying jobs than most Governors i.e. Swatnegger, Palin, George W Bush and the list goes on.

    Joe in HI

    June 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  86. Phil Hutcheson

    Hello Jack,

    I live in Georgia. Given the performance of our last two governors and the work so far of our current governor, I think every single federal employee should earn more than any of those three.

    Phil

    June 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  87. Terrence Hammill

    Jack: How many broadcasters make more money than the governors in their states? There are no qualifications for governors other than getting more votes than the "other guy" (in most cases!).

    June 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  88. Dennis

    What a useless, biased, and subjective question Jack. Talk about comparing apples to turtles. Give me a break.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  89. J. Pittman

    What I would like to know is how Federal and Government employees get paid the assinine salaries that they do to spend all of their time on Twitter to tell the public what they are doing. If they have time to post on a Twitter account, doesn't this mean that they aren't doing what they have been elected or hired to do? So who is REALLY working for the people?

    June 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  90. IL from Miami

    Jack, this is an apples and oranges issue. Governors of states have nothing to do with Federal Employees!! They are State employees.....how about state universities with coaches that make millions of dollars which is way more than Federal employees. Not sure why you asked this.......

    June 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  91. David King

    Of course some federal employees should get paid more than the governors in their state! They almost certainly have some qualifications to actually do the job. Tell me what qualifications most of these governors have, other than persuading some corporate donor to fund their campaign? Most of the governors are actually overpaid and the really rich ones should give up their salary in these tough times as an example of real public service.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  92. Jim

    These State and Federal employees still make significantly less than their counterparts in the private sector. I am a Federal employee, an engineer, many of my contractor friends make $50-$60 thousands a year more than I do. Before you spin the facts to benefit your show, please get them staright. This argument that Federal employees salaries need to be cut in this time of budget concerns, and comparing their salaries to the average US salary is pure spin. Do a real comparision of engineer to engineer, doctor to doctor and you will find all of these people serving their country at significantly less salary than they could earn outside of the governement,

    June 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  93. Star

    ...More importantly, should our congressional men and women make more per year then the average American?

    June 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  94. Canute Chiverton (Houston, Texas)

    Jack you are slipping, I think what you mean to ask is "Should ANY Federal Employee......With that being said, the answer is , (a politically correct one) "It Depends". You gave no criteria so thats your answer. I will be looking forward to your next complete question.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  95. James Baker, GA

    Jack,

    There are plenty of hard-working federal employees around the nation, many of whom underpaid compared to their private sector counterparts. Federal employees serve their country by carrying out its work, but are frequently demonized by everyone from the media to politicians. These people deserve respect, at least they are working and trying to make their lives better.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  96. Tanya

    Well yeah. Lets say the guv'nor of Oklahoma makes $75,000 a year, the regional director for FEMA managing the disaster bailouts for 15 states INCLUDING Oklahoma lives in OKC. He makes $150,000. That's fair given the nature of the jobs and the responsibility levels. This is another red herring issue that is really about corrupt ideologues who believe they are the anointed and should be earning all the $$.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  97. Ruth Ann Valdivia

    It depends on the type of work and experience. I'd like to see the governors pay tied to the performance of their State. If their state is near bankruptcy, they should be fired.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  98. Ted in Las Vegas

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    Sure, as long as news anchors earn more than the CEO's of the companies they work for, and as long as athletes earn more than the owners of their sports teams. Skilled professionals are paid what the open market dictates. Isn't that what capitalism is all about? If federal employes can earn more in the private sector, why should they have to take a hit to work for the feds? If I want to donate my services to a good cause, there are lots of worthwhile charities.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  99. Philip Devlin

    In Florida-YES, YES YES. What does the amount that we have to pay this thief have to do with the salaries of Federal workers who may be a doctor, an attorney, an accountant or other professional ?

    June 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  100. Glenn

    Just pay the politicians more. Sure, I know we like to hate them, but their jobs are quietly taxing. Besides, I'm one Protestant who enthusiastically endorses the logic of Papal splendor. I don't want my governor wasting his time with dry cleaning or with haggling with better-paid subordinates. Think of Ike doing that. See? The thought is disgusting.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  101. Brooks from Pennsylvania

    This question is very subjective. It depends upon the federal employees' job. I retired in April, 2003. My wages would equaled about $39,000 for 2003 even I had worked the full year. I had received a good cost of living increase every January 1st. So, in 2002, I made less money. In 2001, etc. Some employees' jobs entail a lot more status than a governor's pay. That's why they would be making more. More surveys and statistics never paint a true picture.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  102. MattyP!

    This is a irrelevant comparison: one salary is based on an established nation-wide pay scale, determined by the specific job–the other is based on state legislation.

    This is just another one of those meaningless comparisons designed to incite more fury towards the public sector.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  103. Stuart Starnes

    I really think it should not / does not matter. Many state governors and representatives are crying to be independent of Federal control and influence anyway. They are just like the little brother or sister in a family. They don't want anything to do with big brother until they need assistance, aid or he's getting more allowance (salary) than they are. Run your State with your State's money.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  104. Rockabilly

    Many states pay their governors poorly. Federal workers should be paid what they are worth. Most likely, most doctors make more money than the governors of the states in which they live. It makes no sense to even be talking about whether federal workers should be paid better than the governors of the state in which they work. They are federal workers, not state workers.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  105. Chuck Wright, Georgia

    What is the big deal of just comparing government employees to the Governor? What about all the other employees in the State like corporate executives etc. ? What about you and Wolf? Why are we just creeping up on the lack of equity in employee income? The answer is that all of the greedy wan-a-be's that swear to the equity that isn't there becaused those folks "work hard". I remembe McCain's response. He thinks everyone should be making 5 million. That is the kind of crap we constantly geat from "leaders".

    June 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  106. James Hall

    In Florida, Rick Scott should be making license plates for 11 cents an hour because of his part as CEO in that Medicare fraud so large his company paid a $600 million fine. He should still be in prison.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  107. Phillip F

    Im not sure but librarians or interior decorators making more than the governor, but Air Traffic Controllers air their money. Plenty of people can play politics, but safely dealing with thousands of aircraft on a daily basis is a much more discerning task. You will never hear about good ATC, but you would miss us if we weren't there. If all you really have to gripe about is someone sleeping on a lull/break on shift then i call that success. When something goes wrong in the air espcially in the cities, ATC is just as or even more responsible for you getting down and safe as the pilots. Contollers have more lives in thier hands then the governer will ever even know. Not to mention the billions in aircraft and equipment.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  108. jean2009

    Yes Jack, Federal employees should make a wage according to their training and their years of service. Many are hard working and would make more in the private sector. As for our Ohio governor any state that wants him is most welcome since he is trying his best to undermine the state employees of this state at every turn. It wasn't bad enough that he was a congressman that worked for Lehman Brothers to the dismay of senior's pension plans in many states, now he is working hard to see that state employees also don't have a retirement pension plan for some Wall Street firm to swindle them out of their retirement.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  109. Jim

    As a retired federal employee that probably contributed more to the United States of America than any Governor in any state. My pension after 27 years of service is a mere pennence compared to what Governors, Members of Congress retire with, and regarding the former Governor of California, I havent fathered any children out of wedlock while married. Most Governors and Members of Congress are wealthy and should serve without pay for the good of the Nation.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  110. Annie

    Most federal workers earn less than their private counterparts. As a member of the medical profession, I earn far less than someone working in the exact same position and with the exact same experience would earn. And, yes, I HAD TO COMPETE FOR MY JOB JUST LIKE ANY OTHER WORKING STIFF!!!
    When was the last time you saw a governor getting vomited on by a sick person who had an unidentified disorder, or cleaning up poop? When was the last time a governor saved someone's life, or delivered a baby or eased someone's last days/hours on this earth.
    Don't blame federal workers for earning their pay. We didn't cause the deficit and we shouldn't bear the burden for correcting it. WE DID NOT GET ANY STIMULUS MONEY!!!

    June 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  111. Jim in Gardendale, Alabama

    No Jack. And I think it's indicative of our society's upside down priorities and values when athletes make ten times what the President of the United States makes and football coaches make more than Governors. Sad.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  112. John Randle

    Our double-dipping Seminole County Florida School Board Superintendent of Schools makes not only more than our idiot Governor, but more than the United States Secretary of Education!

    June 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  113. ame8429

    Yes but depends on the Governor's salary. First of all let's stop bashing Federal Empolyees. Maybe the question should be, are Governors overpaid or underpaid? Let's start with salary and then add, free home, free food, free transportation, and all the other free stuff they get. Federal Empoloyees are hard working and are paid fairly, not overpaid. I am sure you could find in any industry people who are overpaid or underpaid. Hey, a good question, should CNN anchors, news media personalities, movie stars earn more than their Governors or maybe even the President of the US?

    June 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  114. Cliff Gerhardt

    Remember, Governors are elected officials, They just have to know how to get elected not how to do anything of any value. Governors don't necessarily need to have much of an education, or any useful knowledge at all.
    Government workers on the other hand are usually somewhat well educated, and at least have some valuable skill to offer.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  115. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I'd rather have the Governor's job for less money and benefit from all the free perks which would be an out of the pocket expense for most federal workers and their families.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  116. Dan

    Are you kidding me? Should this even be a topic of debate? Most if not all governors usually take a pay cut entering the political arena while most state or federal employees have worked for a long time to attain their salary. How about doing a story on how much of a pay cut Governors take when they take office and a follow up story about how much their salaries are when they leave office!

    June 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  117. Bobbi from L.A.

    I'm guessing that most governors are already multi-millionaires before they're elected, and if my guess is correct, then whatever their are salaries for being a governor, it's chump-change compared to their previously amassed wealth. So, with that presumption in mind, then if the state employees make more per year than the governor's salary, there's nothing wrong with it unless they're not showing up for work and earning what they're paid.

    Actually, as an afterthought, isn't it nice to think that – unlike the heads of large finance companies and Wall Street Banks – the people in the lower status roles actually earn salaries commensurate with their jobs, and the governors aren't getting millions more in salaries and Golden Parachute Packages when they leave Office? After all, without the research done by government employees of each state, how would the governors know what's important, what's happening, and what the counties and cities need?

    June 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  118. Jon- Delhi

    A few points to share:
    1. You do not have to be a historian or political scientist to know that wages and salaries reflect the value applied to a certain worker or occupation in a society.
    2. Governors have a number of other perks associated with their occupation that are not shared here by your report.
    3. Do governors deserve more pay? How many governors can you name that have either been involved in some scandal or, for one reason or another, neglected to finish out their terms?

    June 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  119. Chris

    Absolutely. Most federal employees have specialized skill sets and dedicate their lives to their career in public service. Most governors are already wealthy and last for a limited amount of time.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  120. Ken in NC

    Doctors, air traffic controllers, librarians, and interior designers provide a service that is of greater value to the public than that of the average governor. While Governors do make a considerable sum of money each year, I can see good reason to reduce their pay to no more than $25 or $30 per hour provided they work 40 hours per week.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  121. Betty Scott

    Maybe a better question would be: Should cable newspeople make more than the president of the United States?

    June 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  122. Kylie in Oregon

    Well, it's not exactly a yes or no question. It depends on the skills of the job in question. Doctors spend a lot of money on education and make a lot of sacrifices to pursue a career in healthcare. It takes years of medical training to become a doctor. Many work long hours and holidays, and don't have the luxury of going to their kid's baseball game or concert. Donald Trump, and for that matter, Scott Walker, should try it. I think they both would be fired.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  123. J R

    Jack, I believe U.S. Congressmen make more than their state's Governor.
    Your question proposes should anyone make more than their state's Governor. How much do you make? People should make what their employer is willing to pay them.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  124. Doris/St Louis

    Jack, the key word is" WORKER", federal employees actually work. Enlighten me, what does a govenor actually do?

    June 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  125. JFS

    Considering the quality and abilities of most Govs(Especially the GOPers) yes the regular worker should make more. They certainly are more predictable than elected officials.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  126. Ian Dorward

    Why is a governor's salary a meaningful litmus test? The people who run for governor would work for free; it's the power, not the money, that draws them. Not so for the thousands of physicians and lawyers who take a pay cut to work in the public sector.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  127. Ratna

    Yes, why not? You only hear of what doctors earn. What about their high cost of managing a practice. High malpractice insurance and decreasing reimbursements. So there is no reason that the governor of any state should be paid any more than they are worth.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  128. Chad Young

    Jack,
    As a retired Air Traffic Supervisor and Commercial Pilot I think I can comment on this subject with some authority. I would love to see a Governor plugged in to a busy Air Traffic Sector with thunderstorms everywhere and all flights wanting to go through the same "hole". It's at this time that the controller earns his salary. The same can be said for Pilots in that it may be 80% boredom and 20% chaos.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  129. Henry

    Don't understand your question Jack. Shouldn't salary be based on performance reather than title. Any employee be it federal or not, shold be compensated based on performance

    Henry

    Salt Lake City

    June 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  130. Sally

    I think the kids working in a fast food restaurant in Wisconsin deserve to make more than Scott Walker. Seriously, If their training and time in service reflect parity with the outside world why would we want to tie civil servants' salaries to those that drift with the winds of politics? A doctor should be paid like a doctor. There is much less criteria and training involved for becoming a governor.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  131. Robert Triplett

    You're comparing apples to oranges. Some federal workers are required to hold certain degrees and certifications, such as doctors and engineers and some run entire programs and departments which contain employees at or near their same level of expertise, abilities, and knowledge. This is all different than those things that a politician needs to get elected.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  132. Michael

    I don't understand why this is an issue. Governors are public servants, not monarchs. There is no reason why they should be the top salary earners in the government of their respective states. Surely, just as in the private sector, public workers should be paid according to their skills and experience. If doctors and lawyers in the private sector make more than the governors of their states, why should doctors and lawyers in the public sector be treated so differently?

    June 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  133. Annie

    And while we're at it, many federal workers hold advanced degrees that they earned by going to school for years. The only "perk" we get is job security which is being whittled away. When was the last time YOU or any person in the private sector was told that they had to work without pay during a shut down at their jobs??? I'd like to see how long YOU would show up for work without knowing when or if you would bet paid.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  134. carmine Palmieri

    Many top state govt employees have highly specialized jobs such as public health officials who are MD's....they deserve more money because they are there to protect people from disease etc...

    June 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  135. Jeff in Columbus

    Jack,
    Who cares?
    It does make me wonder if the federal employees that conducted this research got paid more than the governors in their states? The government pays a lot of people too much money to do work that is essentially meaningless....

    June 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  136. Scott Ricker

    Of course they should have that ability. These hired people (employees) are supposedly the experts/professionals in their respective areas of expertise. The Governor meanwhile, no disrespect intended, is an elected public official elected by the local populace. The expertise he rings to the table is "politics and communication skills". Those are not the required skills of a 21st century administration. You need lawyers, accountants,medical professionals to get the job done.
    Don't forget that you have to face the competition from the private business market. Good people are hard to find and harder to keep.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  137. Annie

    Would you like to look up from your sick bed and see Palin, Boehner, or any governor looking after you or a skilled, highly trained federal worker?

    June 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  138. Gigi Oregon

    There are many jobs that deserve a large salary. Governor of a state would hardly be in that category.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  139. Jerry

    Yes, they should if they have worked years to achieve their salaries. Too many time apples are not being compared to apples. When you look at the salary of the governors have they worked 20 to 30 years to achieve their salary. If not then their salary shouldn't be compared to a person who has paid their dues by slowly moving up the ladder of success. I am tired of the federal employee being picked on when they have worked years to receive their salaries, paid for advanced degrees and certifications. If you are looking at someone who has been employed 3 to 4 years in the private sector then compare them to someone in the government who has worked 3 to 4 years. Why should government employees be punished for working steadily to accomplish a better life for themselves?

    June 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  140. Eileen McCarthy

    I am not sure about Federal Employees making more than governors, depends on the value of both.
    I do question should News commentators, anchormen/women, sports players TV and movie stars make more than the President? Just saying.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  141. Ed

    Politicians should not be paid at all. I have no problem with reimbursing them for reasonable expenses that they incur because of their public service but our system is based on the assumption that representatives are just like us with jobs that they leave for a while and return to after their service. Professionals, whether they work for the Federal, State or Local government (there are differences) should be paid according to the reasonable market for their services or profession.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  142. Bill

    Federal Employees earn too much, period.. Their employer is broke. First change unemployment insurance back to 16 weeks. Then get rid of 30% of them. Of the remaining, reduce their salary 30%, eliminate their benefits, make them all – including elected officials – 1099 private contractors and have them all pay both their share and the employer's share of social security like the rest of us self employed. Budget solved. Relationship of their pay to state governors is immaterial. Let's just fix what's broken.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  143. Laura J. Irby

    If they are worth it, yes! Some governors are merely there for show, others work. I don't think there is a governor anywhere that works as hard as most doctors.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  144. Dario

    Hey Jack how come you don't ask this question "should federal employees take on debt of college graduates who have been seeking jobs for more then 6 months?". Seeing these kind of topics offends me to be honest who cares who makes more federal or state? They are obviously both overpaid just look at our federal and state economies. Meanwhile nobody asks what the avg income is for some middle class family and how they are gonna get by. My father owns his own business now for 12 yrs and he worries every day that he's going to die working because he doesn't have retirement or social security. As far as I know those federal and state employees don't have worries like that. Meanwhile I'm a 23 year old with a bachelors in finance working a valet job because of the great unemployment rate. Ask me how much I care what their pay is?

    June 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  145. Donald in New Mexico

    Governors don't have the experience or education to do certain jobs. How many State collage athletic coaches are the highest paid employees in their state? And they are state workers! Here in New Mexico we have many federal employees making much more than our governor. The National Labs ( Los Alamos & Sandia) here have many scientists that earn a lot more than the Governor. And I emphasize EARN. They are worth every penny we pay them and more. The Governor here is brand new, with only her time as a district attorney as experience. Would you want a nuclear scientist who is paid less than any governor, including California's? Our Governor makes $110,000. Would you work for that wage Jack. I noticed at least 5 judges here in NM make more than the governor. There may be more.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  146. Tom

    Some federal jobs require college degrees, while politicians just need to tell the public what they want to hear. So yes, in some cases they should be paid more.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  147. Nathan

    Yes. I think government employees should in some cases earn more than the governor of their state because many government employees do stressful jobs with long hours and little appreciation. Especially government employees in the defense and military fields because they sometimes need to keep secrets from their families which puts extra pressure on their lives and families. I am tired of the congress attacking the benefits, retirement, and wages of government employees. Most government employees do more work in a day than congress does in a year. How about congress takes a pay cut or have their retirement slashed? If you want to save money and increase efficiency change the way congress works and make them take an employment test other than having enough charisma to get elected.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  148. Janet

    Not only do some Federal employees earn more than Governors, but also State employees. When the job requires advance degrees, they should be allow to make more than governors. In most states almost half of the employees hold college degrees compare to 20%+ in the private sector. In order to get the best person for the job, it may require the government to pay more for the position.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  149. Cathy Everitt

    Jack thank god some is keeping them honest and bringing this type of stuff to the light. I do not think state employees should make more than the Gov. We are all tighten our belts so should our local, state, and Fed. Government.. What do you think about all the Schools all over the Country laying off Teachers and look what some of the Superintendent of the schools Districts make., and their staff. Some needs to look into that and shake up so people.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:54 pm |