I was looking over my previous posts to see if any of you are writing replies. None of you did.
But I looked back at my post about George Weah. So, I’m thinking, this guy has had his house torched and members of his family attacked, but that still doesn’t disuade him from running for office. But, the Republicans are claiming that they can’t recruit a candidate for Governor of Arizona because of the low salary.
So says Nathan Sproul, a “Republican Strategist.” I guess that’s what they call what he does these days. Anyway, he said in a recent arictle in the Republic:
“I think it clearly has kept some Republicans from running,” GOP strategist Nathan Sproul said. “No question about it. We exclude an entire population of people who would make excellent governors, simply because the salary is too low.”
For those of you keeping track, the Governor makes $95,000. Not exactly on the high-end, but decent money in a state where the median income is $47,219. She turned down a raise of $65,000 earlier this year. Think about that for a minute: $65,000. The raise itself would have been more than the average family makes.
This comes at a time when the state budget is being trimmed, nay, chopped. Let me give you an example of what this means. I work in adult education. One of my bosses goes to a conference every year up in Flagstaff. Last year, there were people from about seventy programs there; this year there were a bit more than thirty. This is mostly due to state budget cuts. So, it was right that the governor not take a pay hike when we can’t meet the needs of our poorest citizens.
To some extent, I agree with arguments that a growing state like ours should have a better paid chief executive. But the argument that somehow qualified people aren’t running because of the salary is ridiculous, and frankly insulting to the working people of this state. The stat that I quoted above is “median income.” Not mean, but median. That means somewhere around half the people in the state are living on less than $47,219. But, we can’t find a decent Republican who wants to make less than six figures?
Heck, Matt Salmon was happy to run for Republican Party Chairman so he wouldn’t have to run for Governor, and it doesn’t pay a salary at all.
Which brings us to the real reason: it has nothing to do with the salary, but the fact that polls show Napolitano to be a very strong candidate, and no one wants to be the one to lose to her.
Say, you would think that if they are so concerned about the Governor’s salary and being able to attract qualified people, they would finally do something about the low pay of thousands of our other state employees? Nah.