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John Drescher down at the News and Observer hit the nail on the head last week when he wrote:  ‘Steve Beam needs a boss.’
What’s happened to Mr. Beam (the Director of the Raleigh Housing Authority) isn’t unusual. He’s got a government job and a political board with political goals.  No one spends his own money. No one pays for his mistakes.  Instead the bills land on the taxpayers’ doorstep.
That’s one glitch.  Here’s another:  After over a decade in office, like Billy Ray Hall of the Rural Center, Mr. Beam runs his board – it doesn’t run him.  He takes eleven weeks of vacation a year – which is more than Mr. Hall.  State auditors reported to Hall’s board that his $221,000 salary was ‘unreasonable’ – Mr. Beam makes $280,000 and his board thinks that imminently reasonable.
John Drescher’s point is simple:  Mr. Beam needs a boss – and he suggests Beam’s boss ought to be Raleigh’s City Manager.
That would be a step in the right direction. But it may come up a bit short.  So why not get the question out of the hands of the bureaucrats and politicians entirely.  And put it to a vote.  Let’s hold a simple referendum on the ballot this fall and let voters decide: Should Raleigh’s Housing Authority Director earn $280,000 a year and receive eleven weeks vacation?
That should settle it.


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# dap916
Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:00 AM
On the surface, this sounds reasonable, Carter. But, let's delve into this for a moment. If we put salaries for employees of the state (regardless of being appointed or elected), would we be opening up a flood gate? Where would it start...or better put, where would it end?

It sounds simplistic to suggest that since the Raleigh's Housing Authority Director makes over a quarter million bucks a year and that this is really far too much to pay for one administrator in our state we should put his salary to a vote of "the people"...but, it's FAR more complicated than that.

I think you see what I'm talking about here.
# Choo
Thursday, February 20, 2014 1:06 PM
Not a bad idea. Should not the tax payers be the boss, and vote to set all political jobs. That could put an end to a lot of trouble. Vote on their pay, vacation , benefits, all things paid for by the tax payer. I know the backlash or at least one of them. If you don't pay a lot of money you can't get good people. Well the response is right there in front of us, we are now paying a lot of money and look what we get for that.

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