YES … EVEN S.C. STATE
|| By FITSNEWS || South Carolina’s “Republican” legislators love to complain that they can’t perform the core government function of road and bridge maintenance … yet they’ve got hundreds of millions to blow on “higher education.”
Not only that, they’ve apparently got so much cash laying around they can afford raises for numerous “higher educrats” – including the president of embattled S.C. State University (SCSU).
According to the version of the budget being debate in the S.C. Senate this week, SCSU’s president (who is currently on paid administrative leave) would make $173,400 in the coming fiscal year – up from $170,000. That’s a modest increase, obviously, but does anyone in their right mind believe this is appropriate?
SCSU is a disaster, people …
Meanwhile University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides – who has presided over skyrocketing tuition, plummeting academics and failed command economic boondoggles – will see his state salary climb from $286,200 to $297,648. Pastides also makes more than half a million a year from a USC foundation – pushing his salary above $800,000 annually (with huge bonuses in store in future years).
Also getting a raise in the proposed budget? Former S.C. Senate president Glenn McConnell – who was recently chosen as president of the College of Charleston. McConnell would see his state salary (which is also supplemented by foundation money) climb from $179,498 to $188,000.
Does he deserve a raise? Ummm …
Across town, the commandant of The Citadel – South Carolina’s government-funded military college – would see his state salary climb from $151,200 to $157,248.
All of these “higher educrats” receive generous taxpayer-provided benefits as well as state-subsidized lodging in addition to their salaries, by the way …
This website has consistently maintained that South Carolina’s bloated, duplicative, inefficient and ineffective college system should be immediately privatized – as higher education is simply not a core function of government.
These salary hikes are the latest evidence of that …
I wonder if Will or Will’s staff will get a raise this year?
I wonder if Will has been protecting any of the commentators from subpoenas or indictments? From a lot of what I’ve read here it could be justified! Give ’em all a raise….
Most healthy men get a raised staff, the fun part is deciding how to best put it to good use.
Why give a raise to the head of an institution where a professional “writer” couldn’t manage to learn the difference between “lie” and “lay”?
The former SC State Prez couldn’t even get a decent ride. Racial discrimination raises its ugly head.
Since when is a Chrysler 300 a “decent ride”? Nothing more than a poor man’s fake Bentley.
Government institutions are 100% opposite to fully private ones in that the incompetent workers get raises and promotions as policy.
While fully private sector workers of dubious quality do on occasion get promoted, it’s usually short lived because there is accountability to the bottom line.
There is no “bottom line” for the most part when it comes to taxpayer money, just a question as to how to get more without regard to profit, competition, etc.
In most states and all of the Federal Government it is next to impossible to fire a person. Unions in government are a farce.
You should see the dregs that permeate the layers of middle management in state agencies. Permeate is the right word because they do not constitute an absolute majority but they are abundant and widespread. The best ones are simply cowards and cringe in obedience to the more malevolent higher managers. The worst are skillful liars and manipulators who effect the whims and wishes of those higher risen, edging for their jobs eventually. Selfservers all. The needs of the paying public bother them not a whit. Their main job quite often is simply to stifle and suppress diligent staff.
Shit is going to start hitting the fan. More and more citizens of South Carolina are starting to HATE these public servants for ripping them off. Charismatic psychopaths or not. Judgment day will eventually come for them all.
When do we get some more pleasant news?
When is Metts going to prison? Who’s next in the indictments?
Are you a state employee and want a bonus? Go to work for the Small Business Development Corporation. Their budget is “hidden” in university funding. These people get bonuses plus lavish conferences. Only catch is that if you rat ’em out they will fire you!