Government Workers Are Expensive But Not Worth It

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        Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives. It’s not their money, of course they’ll waste it.

    This is a perfect example of “some animals are more equal.” The head of Ontario Hydro, which is a public utility, but pretends to not to be, made the most. For just half his salary, I could pander to the unions, to the eco-hysterics wasting billions on solar, wind and biomass, and pretend I was running the black hole of taxpayer money in an efficient manner. I could do this for the bargain price of $750,000 per annum.

Ontario’s Sunshine List: Top-earning Torontonians on the public payroll include TTC collector, Pan Am Games staff

Ashley Csanady

Ontario’s annual Sunshine List of public servants who make over $100,000 a year topped 100,000 people for the first time in 2014.

Once again, electricity executives were among the highest earners, but Ontario Power Generation President and CEO Tom Mitchell, who topped the 2013 list at over $1.7 million, actually decreased his total compensation slightly, to $1,563,093.80. Mitchell announced in February his intention to retire once his successor is chosen.

There are also a number of notable Torontonians on the list: Joe Pennachetti made $424,756.22 as Toronto’s city manager in 2014, but he also had to deal with Rob Ford. Toronto Transit Commission head Andy Byford pulled in $359,674.26 in taxable income and benefits. And the top paid TTC collector, Clarke Smith, raked in $141,146.29 last year.

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   I don’t know what a collector is, but I doubt it’s worth 141K.

Ian Troop, who was fired as CEO of the forthcoming Pan Am and ParaPan Am Games, took home $496,940.12 in severance. His successor Saad Rafi, who has long been the top paid civil servant in the province as deputy minister of health, did not appear on the Pan Am list but as deputy minister in Cabinet office. Rafi earned $448,814.48. In all, 101 people from Pan Am were on the Sunshine List, for a total cost of $17,162,728.88 in compensation.

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   Ah, the Pan-Am Games. We’ll be hearing over and over how the government subsidy (investment) in the Pan Am Games will produce much more money than is spent. This will be the first time this happened, but government spending, sorry, investment, runs on hope and propaganda.

The average salary on the list also decreased slightly, from $127,433 in 2013 to $127,178 in 2014.

The annual list, released Friday, includes 111,440 heads of Crown corporations, bureaucrats, police officer, doctors, city workers, firefighters and many others on the public payroll. That’s a 14% increase over last year’s 97,796. But a government spokesperson said that doesn’t paint an accurate picture.

The list was created in 1996, but $100,000 back then is worth about $142,000 today. Though Premier Kathleen Wynne said she has no intention of indexing the list to inflation, the government spokesperson said there would be fewer than 20,000 people on it if the threshold had been indexed to inflation, a decrease of almost 83%.

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     So the taxpayers have each received 42% higher pay since 1996, making this unfair for public employees? Of course they haven’t.

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Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies

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