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Archive for Monday, March 14, 2011

Statehouse Live: Kansas Lt. Gov. Colyer receives more pay for Medicaid review; Brownback takes pay cut

March 14, 2011, 10:39 a.m. Updated March 14, 2011, 6:01 p.m.

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— Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer is making 50 percent more than his statutory salary. His boss, Gov. Sam Brownback, has taken a 10-percent pay cut.

Brownback’s office said the governor cut his own pay because he knew he would be asking state agencies and their employees to make cuts to balance the budget.

The governor’s salary is set in statute as $110,707 per year. Brownback is making $99,636, according to the governor’s office.

But Colyer is getting additional pay because he has been assigned by Brownback the task of leading a review of the state Medicaid plan.

Under state law, the lieutenant governor makes $36,000 per year. Colyer is making $54,000 per year.

Several legislators had questions about Colyer’s salary during a meeting on Monday of the House Appropriations Committee.

Republicans defended Colyer’s pay. “He’s taking on additional responsibilities,” said Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane.

Brownback has put Colyer in charge of a review of Medicaid, a jointly funded state and federal program that in Kansas provides health care services for low-income children, pregnant women, elderly and those with disabilities.

Brownback has said he wants to reduce costs and improve services in the program.

In previous administrations, lieutenant governors have received compensation in various forms, sometimes serving as a Cabinet secretary and getting that salary.

In 2009, former Gov. Mark Parkinson appointed his chief of staff, Troy Findley, to be lieutenant governor. Findley maintained his salary of $100,000 as chief of staff and took no extra funds as lieutenant governor, according to Brownback’s office. In 2010, Lt. Gov. Findley received $95,000 per year as a “special assistant to the governor” while Parkinson hired another person as his chief of staff at $97,596, the office said.

Comments

jackbinkelman 3 years, 10 months ago

Most people I know that get extra work dumped upon them don't get a full one third more salary.. Way to watch that budget brownster.

notanota 3 years, 10 months ago

As long as you can take that pay out of a teacher's retirement, it will all work out, right?

madcow 3 years, 10 months ago

I am surprised he only makes 36k a year as a base salary.

barlowtl 3 years, 10 months ago

Let's see, that's $18,000 aditional it's going to cost to cut medical help for our most vulnerable. Then you figure in the added staff he will need..... interesting... it's called tightening your belt & making sacrifices. Hope someone is keeping score for future reference. We want to be sure the right people get full credit

Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 10 months ago

Funny, I recall Mark Parkinson leading several task forces when he was Lt. Gov.

And he didn't get paid anything at all. This must be part of Brownback's jobs program.

sciencegeek 3 years, 10 months ago

Extra pay for extra responsibilities doesn't seem unreasonable. Until you consider the extra work taken on by lowly state employees for no extra money, plus being reclassified so they don't get overtime pay. Or the state retirees whose COLA comes once a decade. Or the teachers who will take on extra work with extra students after the layoffs required by Brownback's budget cutting, with no extra pay. Guess that "extra pay for extra responsibilities" thing only applies to a select few.

And these conservative Republicans got elected to bring economic sanity and morality to us all.

Resident10 3 years, 10 months ago

The adjusted salary seems more than fair to me. People in the private sector that know Medicaid at this level are making six figures easy.

tomatogrower 3 years, 10 months ago

They maybe he should go to the private sector. Isn't that what they say to teachers? You don't like your pay, go get a job in the private sector.

Fred Mertz 3 years, 10 months ago

The other lt. gov's that received additional pay were also the chief of staff or the sec. of admin. They didn't just take on additional tasks. Every state employee takes on different tasks in the course of their duties so Coyler should not be recieving additional pay.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 10 months ago

What exactly does the Lt. Gov. do? Do they have any regular duties to speak of?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 10 months ago

So the answer is that unless they assigned other duties in an additional office, they don't do anything at all.

Is that what they taught you in civics class?

Jan Rolls 3 years, 10 months ago

Told you so. Brownie is there to take care of his pals. Give him a raise while cutting the raise promised to the lowest state employees. My mother always told them that there was no sense having a lot of nerve unless you use it. Lower than a snake.

Scruggsy 3 years, 10 months ago

The hypocrisy level is off the charts...

We need smaller government, except that the strippers are getting too close on the lap dances, so we'll have to protect people from that.

State workers are too highly paid, so we better cut their pay, and have them do more work for less. Except for this crooked fool- he has some "actual work" we want him to do, so let's give him a 50% raise.

These people should be in jail, not the statehouse.

BigDog 3 years, 10 months ago

In 2009, former Gov. Mark Parkinson appointed his chief of staff, Troy Findley, to be lieutenant governor. Findley maintained his salary of $100,000 as chief of staff and took no extra funds as lieutenant governor, according to Brownback’s office. In 2010, Lt. Gov. Findley received $95,000 per year as a “special assistant to the governor” while Parkinson hired another person as his chief of staff at $97,596, the office said.

The Democrats never complained about Troy Findley being Lt. Governor/Special Assistant for $97,596 a year ..... and complains about Colyer making $54,000+

Can you say hypocrit?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 10 months ago

But it's Republicans who claim to be as fiscally pure as the driven snow.

Can you spell hypocrite?

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