Governor and others knew salaries before accepting jobs

Dec 10 2012 - 6:20pm

Editor,

The Article of Dec. 10, "Utah panel: Give big pay raise to governor," about pay raises for government officials was unbelievable. First it stated that this was a good time for raises because the economy is improving. There are several million people across this country and many thousands in Utah that would disagree. They are unemployed.

The article stated that the governor's pay has not seen an increase in a decade. The governor was elected to his first full term in 2010. The number of years prior to that is irrelevant. Now let's look at the other offices mentioned. These people ran for office knowing what the job was and what the pay would be. The article stated that some of these officials are taking these positions for the first time.

Picture this: You send a resume to a corporation. You are asked to come in for an interview. After the interview you are told that you can begin work on a certain day to an agreed salary. You inform them that you will accept the position but you expect a 36 percent increase in pay before you start work. I feel relatively certain that you would be shown the front door, possibly airborne.

I don't know where this panel came from, but I sincerely hope that the good people of Utah are not having to pay for their knowledge. If we are, from what I can see, we are getting short changed.

Bob Crosser

North Ogden

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