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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Let's Compare and Contrast, Shall We?

Or, let's not.  From the AP:

Port of Seattle commissioners voted Tuesday for a sevenfold pay raise to $42,000 a year, about the same as a Washington state legislator.

Port spokesman Jason Kelly says Commission President Tom Albro proposed the pay hike to make the job more attractive to applicants. The vote ties commission salaries to the pay of state lawmakers.
The raise won't take effect until after the next election. Albro has said he'll decline his, if he is re-elected.

Current commissioners earn $6,000 a year. They also can take $104 per diem for each day of commission work up to $12,500 a year.

The five-member port oversees Sea-Tac Airport and port cruise ship and cargo terminal operations.

And yet we don't pay School Board directors even $6K a year.

The powers that be in Seattle bemoan the "quality" of who runs for School Board and yet, no one wants to pay people to do this important work of overseeing the education of Seattle children. 

This is crazy nonsense.  Being on the School Board is so much harder and has a very heavy work load and yet these Port people can vote themselves a sevenfold raise? 

Nice work, if you can get it.

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/03/13/2511892/seattle-port-commission-votes.html#storylink=cpy

3 comments:

Kate Martin said...

It's a salary that makes sense to me. I think it should be the salary of school board directors as well.

Jansha said...

I think both positions are grossly underpaid and should be raised. I am not at all in a huff about the port commissioner's request. By the way, he is excusing himself from the pay raise. It would be implemented going forward with the next elected commissioner.

Patrick said...

I agree, these are really full-time jobs and should be paid as such. If they aren't paid, we limit officeholders to the wealthy and those who are paid for by somebody else, and I don't think that's really what we want.