11:12 AM EDT, March 30, 2011
FACT #1: Ben Barnes, Malloy’s new Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management receives a salary of $187,000 a year. Ben, one of the brightest guys you will ever meet, has 7 years of experience as a government employee. Ben also holds a master’s degree.
FACT #2: Robert Genuario, who served as OPM Secretary for 5 years under Jodi Rell left last year with a salary of $163,910.08. He had 29 years of experience in government, 19 of which were at the state level. In addition to his 5 years at OPM, he served for 14 years as a State Senator, for 8 of which he as the top Republican on the Appropriations Committee. Bob holds a law degree.
So Ben, with only 37% of the experience Bob had – and a Master’s Degree rather than a Juris doctorate – is being paid $23,000 more.
As Governor Malloy demands unprecedented state employee givebacks that could equal 20% or more of the value of their salary he might want to think about the message he is sending by complaining about the high cost of state employees.
What is that line about people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.