The recently publicized raise to $500,000 a year for the manager of the Maricopa County Hospital System along with a host of other outlandish pay raises for local public servants can only be described as legalized robbery. Those raises and associated benefits (pensions) are terrible burdens to pass on to the next generations. The pitiful rationale given for all the publicized raises, “This puts our officials on a salary par with comparable office holders,” is ludicrous.” When the U.S. president earns $400,000 per year, the Supreme Court chief justice earns $223,500 per year, and a senator earns $174,000 per year, one wonders why some public officials earn more than that and why they should.
When did the hard-working, conscientious public servants evolve into a bureaucratic aristocracy and their legendary low pay rise to be in the top one percent of the nation. Not so long ago, persons earning that large a salary were volunteering their services to the government for one dollar per year. It is time to stop this ever expanding “we’re only getting pay parity” con game before all our local governments face fiscal bankruptcy.