Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Bredesen version of "fair"

Gov Bredesen's claim that he was raising salaries to "keep up" with surrounding states doesn't quite pan out according to the article below from the Tennessean......but, hey, that is the way Government seems to work......now Governors in surrounding States can claim their commissioners aren't paid enough and they will be able to leapfrog Tennessee's salaries and THEN Gov Bredesen.....etc etc etc.

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Commissioners for whom comparisons were available now are paid between $8,941 and $62,571 more than the average pay of their counterparts in neighboring states. One, Commissioner of Health Susan Cooper, earns less.

The raises announced this week will cost taxpayers nearly $1 million a year.

"I'm outraged," said Richard Merryman of Murfreesboro, a salesman and business owner. "It's one thing to give them a raise, but to rub our noses in it. … I felt like it's crazy. It's insensitive."