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Phil Matier: New Report Shows High Salaries For State Employees

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— California’s State Controller John Chiang has released another report showing the high salaries of some state employees.

KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier has looked at the numbers and noticed a lot of the workers earning these high salaries are the doctors, nurses, and psychiatrists employed by the state prison system.

KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier Comments:

“Many of them make over $400,000 sometimes $500,000 when they cash in at the end of their career,” said Matier.

He added that often times these are one-time deals, with vacation time cash ins and sick time accruals for the 500 state employees that are earning over $240,000 annually.

Matier noted that a lot of the money is earned in overtime; because often times doctors and other medical personnel in prison systems don’t get days off because no one would be there to treat them.

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  • John

    Hey Jerry / State Legislature: Fix ALL of these problems before you ask for a single dime more of my money.

    As to these salaries … you telling me there is no one qualified to do those jobs for less money ? what if we offered those jobs for 1/3 the salary, and see how many qualified applicants we get .. how about we at least try that ?

    Hey Phil .. look up the WSJ article about which is more lucrative, a degree from Harvard or a job in the CA prison system, intesting reading.

  • moravecglobal

    17,000 employed by University of California earn more than $100.000. University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) has forgotten that he is a public servant, steward of the public money, not overseer of his own fiefdom.

    Recruits (using California tax $) out of state, foreign $50,000 tuition students who displace qualified sons, daughters of Californians from public university
    Spends $7,000,000 + for consultants to do his & vice chancellors work
    (prominent East Coast University accomplishing same 0 cost).
    University accrues $150 million of inefficiencies over his 8 year reign.
    Pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures.
    In procuring $3,000,000 consultants failed to receive proposals from other firms.
    Latino enrollment drops while out of state jumps 2010.
    Tuition to Return on Investment drops below top10.
    NCAA places basketball program on probation: absence institutional control.

    These are not isolated examples: it’s all shameful. There is no justification for such actions by a steward of the public trust. Absolutely none. Like with an addiction, admitting you have a problem is the first step toward correcting it.

    Birgeneau’s practices will not change. UC Board of Regents Chair Sherry Lansing must do a better job of vigorously enforcing oversight by President Yudof than has been done in the past to Chancellors who, like Birgeneau, treat the university as their fiefdom.

    Until demonstrable action is swiftly applied to chancellors by the UC Board of Regents/President Yudof, the University of California shouldn’t come to the Governor or public for support for any taxes, additional funding.

    I have 35 years’ consulting experience, have taught at UC Berkeley, where I observed the culture & the way senior management works. No, I was not fired or downsized & have not solicited contracts from Cal.

    • smketr

      I submit that eliminating the UC system in our State is something we should consider. This would eliminate the money problems K-12 are having year-after-year. Some will say that will only allow the well-to-do a college education. That is not true if you consider we already have a community college system in the State which reduces the cost of undergrad studies How about scholarships and grants by individual communities to assist those who have proven to be college material by their academic success in community college? For those students who do not have the academic ability to move on to upper-graduate studies, I suggest a vocational program so that California can start producing productive citizens who have the ability to actually build things. California needs electricians, auto mechanics, and other blue collar workers too. Anyway, just kicking around a thought for us taxpayers to consider.

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