Monday, August 19, 2013
Next time you're wandering the 99 cent store for irregular Jelly Bellies and Larry the Cable Guy beer bread, make sure to keep an eye out for our fair governor, Janice K. Brewer — apparently, the commoners of this state aren't the only folks whose annual salary could use a bit of sprucing up.
According to a survey from the Council of State Governments, Brewer's pay is less than that of 37 state administrators and 44 governors across America.
From the Mojave Valley Daily News:
The top Arizona salaries in the report went to state officials who direct higher education and commerce departments, each of whom made $300,000, the survey said.
But governors across the country consistently make less than the bureaucrats who reported to them, according to the data, which came as no surprise to experts.
“We don’t pay our elected officials a lot. Period,” said Ruth Jones, a professor at the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University.
And the author of the survey said the salary is not why governors run for the office, either.
“You don’t want to be governor just to make a lot of money,” said Audrey Wall, the managing editor of the Council of State Governments. “That’s not what your goal is if you’re running for that office.”