78,000 Texas Public Employees Earning $100K or More (Much More)
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
A new report from the government transparency group OpentheBooks.com shows more than 78,000 public officials in Texas are paid more than $100,000 per year.
Some city managers make far more than that. According to the report:
Top-paid city managers included Peter Vargas ($433,842 Allen); T.C. Broadnax ($406,850 Dallas); Spencer Cronk ($378,071 Austin); Bruce Glasscock ($374,537 Plano); Daniel Johnson ($357,744 Richardson); David Cooke ($348,730 Fort Worth); Tomas Gonzalez ($340,746 El Paso); and Robert Wood ($319,946 West Lake Hills).
By comparison, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is paid $153,750. But some of Abbott’s employees earn more than he does:
In the Office of the Governor alone, 48 employees earned six-figure salaries and eleven out-earned their boss ($153,750). This included four deputy directors who made $265,000 each. In addition, ranked against the 50 states, the Texas governor’s office has the largest staff at a headcount of 277.
Some of the biggest paychecks are found at the state’s public colleges and universities:
Football is king in Texas, and head coaches made the largest incomes: Jimbo Fisher ($5.15 million Texas A&M); Tom Herman ($4.72 million University of Texas (UT)); Dana Holgorsen ($3.7 million University of Houston).
The Austin campus at UT employed 3,441 six-figure employees for $618 million in cash compensation. High earners in rank-and-file positions included Matthew Kivel, the president’s speech writer ($140,105); Gary Susswien, chief communications officer ($251,913); and Edmund Gordon, a diversity provost ($280,532).
According to the group Truth in Accounting, Texas has “a debt burden of $98.7 billion. That burden equates to $12,100 for every state taxpayer.”
“Texas’ financial problems stem mostly from unfunded retirement obligations that have accumulated over the years,” the group says.
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