Wednesday, May 11, 2005

John Inglish and the Big Money

John Inglish, head of UTA, earns $267,000. The Tribune defended him, saying criticism of his salary stems from the debate over fare increases and that the legislature only wants to build roads and give the UTA as little money as possible. Maybe that has to do with the criticism, but I think they're overstating the effect of those two issues. In fact, the Tribune nailed down the most compelling reason to question Inglish's salary when they put the amount into perspective: Inglish is paid more than the same position in New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver and Oakland. He also makes more than twice as much as Governor Huntsman. The Tribune credits him for being a part of major changes in transportation over the last few decades. Sure he deserves credit, but let's keep in mind, we went from some buses to more buses then fewer buses and two light rail lines. Our transportation is not very big, nor is it very efficient nor is it impressive. He's paid too much. Also, the Tribune says that if the UTA is put under UDOT we can "kiss aggressive transit growth in Utah good-bye". What aggressive transit growth? Does the Tribune editorial staff live in Utah?


Blogger Reach Upward said...

How did we get to the point that we are paying this guy so much? What malfunctioned in government to allow this to happen? Do we have other people on the public dole that are also pulling in inordinate salaries?

It seems obvious that we could hire someone at least as effective as Mr. Inglish at half the price (or less). Give the man his pink slip and start the search for a less expensive successor. Then do the same for other excessively paid positions.

5/12/2005 06:12:00 AM  
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