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· June 10, 2013

Pay Raises for Kasich Appointees?

A quick read of one of the Legislative Services Commission’s budget comparison documents┬áthis past weekend reminded me of a provision in the massive, two-year spending plan that hasn’t received much attention.

Current law provides for five senior employees to be involved in policy implementation and development at each state agency. ┬áThese positions are unclassified, meaning there is no competitive process to apply for them, they merely serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority – in this case the Governor or his cabinet members. They may even be employees who are paid by an agency but work directly out of the Governor’s office.

A provision in Kasich’s two-year budget — retained by House and Senate lawmakers — increases the amount these appointees can be paid from $102,960 to $134,056 annually:


If you’re a cop or firefighter in a community struggling with cuts in state funding, this budget offers little. But if you’re lucky enough to be a political friend of the Governor, you may have a 30% raise coming.

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