The salaries of the highest paid Connecticut employees were released Wednesday and it shows that more than 1,200 people make more than Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
The governor of Connecticut has his salary set by state statute at $150,000 per year and according to a report released by the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, there are 1,223 state employees paid more than Malloy.
"We aren't saying the governor is overpaid or underpaid, nor do we begrudge a small number of uniquely skilled state employees who are highly paid, especially those with medical and science backgrounds," Cullen said. "But the average taxpayer in Connecticut has to look at the list of 1,223 state employees who are paid more than the governor and think, 'A, there's a lot of bloat in state government and B, how do I get one of those jobs?'"
The report listed top 10 state employees, who are identified by their name, position and 2012 annual pay:
Calhoun, James A. Men's Basketball Head Coach UConn $2,865,769
Auriemma, Geno Women's Basketball Head Coach UConn $1,829,052
Pasqualoni, Paul L. Football Head Coach UConn $1,613,920
Onyiuke, Hilary Chief, Division of Neurosurgery UConn Health Center $1,030,732
Nulsen, John Director, Center for Advanced Reproductive Services UConn Health Center $917,373
Makkar, Hanspaul Chief, Division of Pediatric Dermatology UConn Health Center $916,600
Whalen, James Vice Chair, Dermatology UConn Health Center $884,602
Laurencin, Cato CEO, Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science UConn Health Center $701,576
Herbst, Susan President UConn $612,500
McFadden, David Chief, Department of Surgery UConn Health Center $576,923
Manuel, Warde Athletic Director UConn $551,305
According to the report, 7,712 of the 66,613 full or part-time state employees were paid more than $100,000 in 2012.
"$150,000 or $100,000 a year is considered very good money by most families," Cullen said. "That well over a thousand state employees earn more than the governor points to the amount of bloat that exists in state government."
In 2012, all of the top 10 state earners were associated with UConn or the UConn Health Center.
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