Nikki Haley: More Pay Raises

GOVERNOR DOLING OUT BIGGER SALARIES TO STAFFERS  || By FITSNEWS || S.C. governor Nikki Haley blistered “Republican” House members last weekend on a host of items – including a vote last year to give themselves pay raises. We pointed out at the time that Haley doled out massive salary increases…


|| By FITSNEWS || S.C. governor Nikki Haley blistered “Republican” House members last weekend on a host of items – including a vote last year to give themselves pay raises.

We pointed out at the time that Haley doled out massive salary increases to her staff upon taking office in 2011.

Well guess what … those salaries are now even bigger (and we’re not even counting the generous benefits package each employee receives from taxpayers).

Haley’s new chief of staff – James Burns – makes $130,000 a year, which is $5,000 more per year than previous chief of staff Tim Pearson.  Haley’s chief legal counselor Swati Patel is also making more money – getting $114,811 a year compared to the $102,000 she was making in 2011.

Those increases may not seem like much, but let’s not forget they come on top of 27.5 percent and 36 percent raises each position received (respectively) upon Haley taking office.

Other staffers are also now raking in bigger bucks.

Policy advisor Josh Baker – who made $60,000 in 2011 – is making $90,000 now.  Haley’s primary spokesman Rob Godfrey is making $89,000 – up from $65,000 in 2011.  Meanwhile Katherine Veldran – Haley’s legislative liaison (and Pearson’s latest love interest) – makes $81,600 compared to her 2011 salary of $65,000.

Haley’s deputy chief of staff Katherine Haltiwanger has seen her salary climb, too – from $80,000 to $89,090.

Former S.C. governor Mark Sanford had eight employees who made $50,000 or more – and only one (himself) who made more than $100,000.  Haley has twelve employees making $50,000 or more.  And while that’s the same number as 2011, she’s piled even more even money on top of what were already exorbitant salary increases to these employees.

Now … does that sound like the sort of politician who should be lecturing others about pay raises?  Especially as South Carolinians’ incomes remain stagnant?

No … although legislators obviously have zero room to talk when it comes to excessive staff salaries.

Ah, “Republican” rule.  You gotta love it …


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SYNTwist May 3, 2015 at 9:12 pm

What did I miss? Where is Tim Pearson?

GrandTango May 3, 2015 at 9:16 pm

Oblivious much???…LMAO….

SYNTwist May 3, 2015 at 9:20 pm

Considering I am not paid to follow politics daily, some things I do miss. You could answer it. Maybe it had to do with his divorce and hints at affair with Gov. Haley. Just thinking out loud.

Saluda Rapids May 3, 2015 at 10:07 pm

Tango is not paid to follow politics daily either. He is not paid to do anything daily. He had a “blog” that failed as miserably as any in the history of the Internet.

SYNTwist May 3, 2015 at 10:09 pm

By his admission he is paid.

WINOTwist May 3, 2015 at 10:21 pm

You accused Haley of an affair, bitch? Just thinking out loud.

SYNTwist May 4, 2015 at 10:56 am

I didn’t accuse her of an affair, I asked what happened to Tim Pearson and no one would answer, so I all I have to go on is this clip from another article:

“Seriously … what’s in this file that must be kept under lock and key?

We know Haley is the “other woman” in one divorce case … was she named in this one, too?”


fc May 4, 2015 at 11:34 am

You appear to be about 7 months behind.Haley was elected in a landslide against a Democrat Party stooge and another dummy that put up a few million of us own $$$’s,solicited campaign donations…and then quit the race a week before.

You are apparently still on the payroll. Congratulations.

SYNTwist May 4, 2015 at 12:10 pm

I am going to ignore your snide comments and ask again, what happened to Pearson? I didn’t know he quit, was fired or whatever happened. Yes, I am likely behind, I don’t have the time to follow news as closely as I used to.

It is a question.

Alias The Buzzman May 3, 2015 at 10:58 pm

When did he admit that?

SYNTwist May 4, 2015 at 10:51 am

We had a lengthy debate one day, maybe a couple weeks back? After I repeatedly hounded him on the issue while he did his normal deflection, he finally admitted he was paid. I thanked him for telling the truth for once.

GrandTango May 3, 2015 at 10:15 pm

So you concede your ignorance…then recklessly make some damaging and serious charges…just because the rest of the F*#king idiots puppy-dogging FITS live in a world of gossip and innuendo for the people you hate…


Alias The Buzzman May 3, 2015 at 10:57 pm

That was Marchant, not Pearson.

michelle May 4, 2015 at 11:06 am

So Nimrata was named as the other women?

SYNTwist May 4, 2015 at 12:34 pm

I saw the Marchant article too, but interesting I can find nothing on Pearson on the internet after he managed Gov. Haley’s campaign. I see his Twitter profile, but it’s almost like he doesn’t even exist now?

GrandTango May 3, 2015 at 9:13 pm

When FITS was named CD for Sanford, he received a DRASTIC cut in pay to show how “Frugal” Sanford is…

Then couple months later, Sanford reached around from behind, and gave FITS – who had NO experience, and even less talent – more of the peoples’ money…

So it’s kinda difficult to much credence in anything FITS says about Haley, regarding payoff to staffers…

GrandFaggo May 3, 2015 at 9:54 pm

What do you want on your tombstone? “I Sucked Dick and Liked It”?

GrandTango May 3, 2015 at 10:12 pm

Best and Brightest….LMAO…

Saluda Rapids May 3, 2015 at 10:05 pm

Just a bunch of keyboard vomit that means nothing. A pro big government, drunken sailor spender such as yourself would approve of such moves by Haley. This is what you get when low information SC voters go to the polls.

GrandTango May 3, 2015 at 10:11 pm

When you are SO inept…why do you even try??…

I don’t have an issue w/ deficient people…but why do you run your mouth, and ‘out’ yourself, so embarrassingly.

You have NOTHING but hate and envy. And it’s so ugly when you reveal who, and what, you are.

guest May 3, 2015 at 10:28 pm

Haley should give everyone one of em a damn raise.She kicked their ass. Did Ervin ever return that money he raised after he quit the governor’s race? $100,000 plus? Talk about fucking the taxpayers.Not a word about that from Fits.That should cover the raises Fits posted above.

Liberal Pogo Spendin Our Money May 4, 2015 at 8:22 am

That money comes from our wallets you liberal hack. Go back to supporting Obama you leftist stooge.

Bible Thumper May 4, 2015 at 12:44 am

Isn’t there a difference in giving staff raises and voting yourself a raise?

well?? May 4, 2015 at 5:21 am

and the head Haley apologist speaks! Seriously, is there anything Haley can do that you won’t make an excuse for?

I know! May 4, 2015 at 8:24 am

When she converts back to Sikhism after she no longer needs to pretend to be Christian for votes.

nah May 4, 2015 at 1:29 pm

No. No there isn’t.

Former Haley Suporter May 4, 2015 at 8:42 am

More hypocrisy from the Queen of hypocrites! At this point “what difference does it make”? She is a proven liar, fiscal liberal (unless it suits her political agenda to be conservative) a Methodist/ Sikh (take your pick) a family woman/adulterous wife? Is there anything about Haley that id not for Political expediency?

Diogenes May 4, 2015 at 8:45 am

This is news!? It’s “whoever gets their snout in the trough when feeding time comes.” Right now, it happens yo be Head Sow Haley.

CNSYD May 4, 2015 at 9:06 am

Once again Folks ignores the effects of inflation. In order to compare Sanfraud era salaries to Haley era salaries you have to use the same dollar basis. Only after you perform that computation can you compare apples to apples.

utah May 4, 2015 at 9:57 am

So it’s your contention that the inflation rate is 10%, 20%, or even 30%-40%? It’s obvious the Haley staffers’ salaries far exceed the previous administrations, despite her lip service to being a conservative.

fc May 4, 2015 at 10:11 am

Why do you liberals always worry about what others make? Except if its another liberal like Billary Clinton.

Have never figured out this ‘class envy’ thing.My suggestion is if your not happy with your income…don’t attack others…go back to school or get another fucking job!

fc May 4, 2015 at 10:12 am


vicupstate May 4, 2015 at 11:48 am

So you are okay with government workers getting large raises? I will make a note of that for future reference.

fc May 4, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Didn’t your Muslim, American hating pResident say that “elections have consequences,win one” ????
Haley won two.To the victors go the spoils…quit whining…:)

CNSYD May 4, 2015 at 3:59 pm

I did not say that the current salaries exceeded the rate of inflation. My point is that you have to judge things based on a common dollar. The Sic Willie’s of the world intentionally ignore that so they can inflate the percentages and say the sky is falling.
The other metric is, what are the comparables with adjoining states, i.e. what is the market?

Robert Jackson May 4, 2015 at 3:40 pm

That’s some serious inflation. And at least 2 of those individuals named were on Sanford’s staff at one time….making CONSIDERABLY less.

erneba May 4, 2015 at 10:22 am

Politicians and government workers should be given one thing, and that it not a pay raise. All of them should be put on short leashes and subjected to constant supervision. These mongrels, from the governor down require constant correction and discipline.

Squishy123 May 4, 2015 at 10:25 am

So by “government workers” you mean “state workers”. You don’t think that anyone who works for the state or any state entity should get a pay raise.

erneba May 4, 2015 at 11:48 am

Right…Not till morale, productivity, sleeping on the job, and the general attractiveness of the staff improves.

GiveMeABreak May 4, 2015 at 5:51 pm

And you are an idiot too…….

erneba May 4, 2015 at 8:05 pm

Thanks, made that way by entertaining the likes of you. It is amazing the levels one has stoop to on this blog.

Squishy123 May 4, 2015 at 10:24 am

Considering we do not know if these raises also included additional duties, salary corrections, etc… I don’t have an issue with any of these raises.

GiveMeABreak..... May 4, 2015 at 5:50 pm

Please tell you are kidding? Unless of course you work for her too….

Washington to Columbia &beyond May 4, 2015 at 10:54 am

The little people continue to pay and suffer at the hands of the elite class and their friends. It matters not if it is Washington, Columbia, or the Counties , or Town Halls. The Clintons, the Obamas, the Haleys, the Fraziers, Halfacres, Wilsons, Peelers ,Leathermans, Martins, Harrells, Eckstroms are all the same self serving, self aggrandizing, narcissist and their contributors are all benefiting from their contributions and elections.
Our Founding Fathers never intended this, a professional class of politicians, Dynasties with a privileged class, that the underclass, the peasants, the commoners pay homage to and support with their toil!
Is this not what our ancestors left in Europe when they came to this Country?

ted May 4, 2015 at 11:04 am

Pay them well and they will keep their mouths shut. Hush money is a powerful thing.

Crooner May 4, 2015 at 11:28 am

Her people are worth more because she picked them.

dm10ae May 4, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Why diss haley when the legislators get money for nothing get retirement for nothing get benefits for nothing, if you think they work then you’re mistaken. They work to get their pay more by hook or crook. Haley can’t be reelected unless to a higher office. But Sanford is a congressman-how soon we forget.

HickoryTavern4Ever! May 4, 2015 at 2:25 pm

These pay raises are nothing compared to Laurens County Development Corporation raises. They are through the roof. Why don’t other workers get this kind of raise? Four thousand for catered meals? One thousand a month, plus a government car? Be real. This is plain wrong. Is this legal? Thank God for new county council leader Joe Wood and Stuart Jones. They do right.

Edgar May 4, 2015 at 5:26 pm

“Former S.C. governor Mark Sanford had eight employees who made $50,000 or more – and only one (himself) who made more than $100,000….” and the Sanfords had some of the worst qualified and worst experienced employees that have ever worked in state government. I heard them brag about how they didn’t have to pay their employees much and that their staff was honored to just have the chance to work for them. They got what they paid for.


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