Here’s an article in Forbes titled Why Texas Is In Trouble—78,064 Public Employees With $100,000+ Paychecks Cost Taxpayers $12 Billion:
Everything is bigger in Texas—including the supersized salaries of its city managers, school superintendents, state staffers, and other public servants.
Last year, 78,064 state and local government employees made more than $100,000 each, and 18,600 of them out-earned Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who made $153,750.
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).
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El Paso gave a lengthy defense of their pay scale. Nevertheless, Tomas Gonzalez $340,746), their city manager, outearned every four-star general in the U.S. military ($268,332) last year.
More than every four-star general in the U.S. military. More than the governor. More than the Supreme Court Justices. More than any elected official in the country.
Overall, Texas state government is drowning in $99 billion dollars in debt, according to Truth in Accounting. It amounts to $3,413 per man, woman, and child. By contrast, Florida has only $12 billion in debt and a $600 per-person liability.
Remember, Mr. Gonzalez wanted to give $40 million to Great Wolf Resorts so they’d build a Great Wolf Lodge here. That kind of incompetence doesn’t come cheap.
In addition to his salary, Mr. Gonzalez gets a pension. And a car allowance. And he’s enrolled in the City’s Medical Insurance Plan. He gets to go to Dallas for his annual physical, and the City pays for that.
By contract, Mr. Gonzalez’ salary is pegged to the salaries of City Managers in Arlington, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, and Tucson. All of those cities are a lot wealthier than El Paso.
Mr. Gonzalez’ exorbitant salary was granted to him by our elected officials who approved his contract. There’s another reason to vote the incumbents out of office in November.