Bureaucrats Set To See Pay Hikes

Come September 1st, many of the state’s top-level bureaucrats are set to see some sweetheart pay-raises. Of course, they come without any attempts to make state agencies more efficient with your tax dollars.


Most state employees are set to see their pay stubs increase by 3% when the state budget finally becomes law, while some of the state’s top-level bureaucrats are set to see their salaries increase more than many people make altogether.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Director Brad Livingston will see his salary jump to $260,000 annually, an increase of more than $73,000. A 40% increase in other words.

Other notable salary increases include:

Rissie Owens, Board of Pardons and Paroles Chairwoman – $45,500 increase
Carter Smith, Texas Parks and Wildlife Director – $37,000 increase
Katherine Thomas, Texas State Board of Nursing Executive Director – $27,400 increase
William Kuntz, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Executive Director – $25,000 increase

All told, 73 of the 107 top-level executives will see a pay increase.

Naturally, there were never any discussions this session about making state agencies more efficient before signing off on an across-the-board pay raises for all state employees – something that would take place every session if zero-based budgeting were practiced.

No, lawmakers had little interest in reforms. There was plenty of money to go around this time, after all! Microcosmic of the 83rd Legislature.

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Dustin Matocha is the Executive Director of Empower Texans. Dustin graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Management, a BA in Government, and a minor in Marketing. He’s a self-described Corvette enthusiast, baseball purist, tech geek and growing connoisseur of local craft beer.

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