The number of Kansas public employees making six-figure salaries increased nearly 60 percent in three years, the Lawrence Journal-World reported — though it’s not as bad as that sounds. Kansas had 1,179 public employees earning $100,000 or more in 2005, up from 740 in 2002. Some of that increase was because district court judges’ cost-of-living salary adjustments pushed them over the $100,000 mark. And 956 people on the list were Board of Regents system employees, whose salaries often are paid in large part with research grants and other funding, not with state tax dollars. Wichita State University, for example, had 98 employees on the list. Still, given the layoffs at Boeing Wichita and the struggling farm economy, many Kansans likely are thinking that “public servant” is a misnomer.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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