Senator Head Wants to Give Gov., Others Raises (WITH UPDATE)

Senator Head Wants to Give Gov., Others Raises (WITH UPDATE)

Senator Head

Logansport Senator Randy Head wants to give the Governor and other state officeholders a raise.  Head says we need to pay the officeholders more to attract more talented candidates in the future.

Why do you say that Senator Head?  Is there some deficiency in talent?
Anyway, Governor Eric Holcomb currently makes in the neighborhood of $110K. Head wants to raise that to around $140K.

The other elected executive offices such as Secretary of State, Treasurer, Auditor, Attorney General, and Superintendent of Public Instruction would get a hike in pay as well to over $100K.
Head’s proposal comes as the state struggles to find money to fund repairs to its crumbling infrastructure. As you might be aware, some lawmakers (and maybe the Governor) want to raise the gas tax in order to fix that infrastructure.
It seems to me (and I’m not alone in this) that maybe the infrastructure issue is one problem we should tackle first prior to giving anybody a raise, especially when they aren’t asking for it.
What we pay our Governor and other state officeholders is probably something we should look at, but I don’t think there’s any pressing timetable to do it. This particular bill, should it make it to law, would not take effect for some of the offices until as early as 2018. The Governor’s raise would not kick in until 2021.

It just doesn’t seem like a front burner thing to do right now, to be honest. I guess if we’re so concerned about attracting and retaining talented individuals in a meaningful service profession, we should give teachers a raise, right?

Late update:
It appears the bill has been gutted and will now just study the idea, according to Fox 59.

Incidentally, Head at one point ran for Attorney General.


Source: Indy Democrat Blog

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