The University of Connecticut paid one dozen employees large settlements - many over $100,000 - to get them to resign and keep quiet about their time in state government, according to state auditors. Other agencies participated in the practice, too, although less frequently. The Auditors of Public Accounts faulted the practice because the agreements lacked oversight from the governor or attorney general as required by law and keeps potential whistleblowers from speaking out.
1,126 paid more than the Governor
HARTFORD – The Yankee Institute announced that it has posted 2010 payroll data for all state employees at CTSunlight.org. The data shows that 1,126 state employees earned more than the governor’s salary of $150,000 last year.
“This data is especially relevant now, when Gov. Malloy is seeking $1 billion in concessions from state employees and when many states are reassessing state employee head count, wages, and benefits,” said Fergus Cullen, executive director of the Yankee Institute, which compiled the data following a Freedom of Information Act request of the state Comptroller’s Office.
A total of 153 state employees were paid more than $250,000. Twelve were paid more than $500,000, all of them associated with UConn or the UConn Health Center. Four of these are associated with UConn athletics. In addition, UConn paid a combined $777,526 to former UConn President Michael Hogan ($403,225) and Interim President, Phil Austin ($374,301). The top 13 positions paid more than $500,000:
|Calhoun, James A||Mens Basketball coach||UConn||$2,361,939.83|
|Auriemma, Geno||Womens Basketball coach||UConn||$1,643,481.00|
|Edsall, Randy D||Football coach||UConn||$1,537,857.83|
|Laurencin, Cato T.||Dean, Uconn Med School||UConn HC||$918,490.28|
|Nulsen, John C.||Lead physician, Cntr for Advncd Repro Srvcs||UConn HC||$881,472.44|
|Whalen, James D.||Assoc Prof, Dermatology & Surgery||UConn HC||$839,562.28|
|Onyiuke, Hilary||Chief, Division of Neurosurgery||UConn HC||$791,514.02|
|Makkar, Hanspaul||Assistant Prof, Dermatology||UConn HC||$790,710.01|
|Austin, Phil &Hogan, Michael||President (interim & former – combined)||UConn||$777,526.46|
|Aronow, Michael S.||Associate Prof, Orthopedic Surgery||UConn HC||$559,433.46|
|Hathaway, Jeffrey||Athletic Director||UConn||$555,481.86|
|Fellows, Douglas W.||Prof & Chair, Diagnostic Imaging & Therapeutics||UConn HC||$527,773.99|
|Lieberman, Jay R.||Chairman, Orthopedic Surgery||UConn HC||$503,982.89|
The excerpted list of 1,126 state employees who were paid more than the Governor’s salary of $150,000 is available here (.xls format). Salaries for all state employees are available at CTsunlight.org, which is searchable by name.
“Setting aside the small number of medical professionals at the top of the list, we question whether the state can justify having more than 1,000 employees who are paid more than the governor’s salary of $150,000. The sheer number of such highly paid employees suggests there is room for cuts,” Cullen said.
According to the most recent data available from the Census Bureau, the median household income in Connecticut in 2009 was $64,851.
Gov. Dannel Malloy proposed a new way to fund Connecticut teacher pensions Friday with towns and cities contributing one third of the costs or roughly $407 million. "At a time when state government is making difficult cuts to services, we can no longer afford to exclude how we pay for teacher pensions from the conversations,” Malloy said in a statement.