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.
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.