A lot of talk about budgets. You may have heard the Governor say in his State of the State address he will cut his own salary by 6 percent, if state worker salaries are also cut, as he has proposed. He also asked his Constitutional officers to match his voluntary cut.
I called representatives for the other 5 Constitutional officers. Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki will do whatever is necessary if the legislature deems it's necessary to cut state employee salaries.
Secretary of State Ross Miller will also take a cut if the legislature decides to go that route. But, Miller believes the pay cut for state workers is not the best way to deal with the budget situation.
Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto had this to say:
"A 6% cut to state employees is a short term solution to a long-term budget problem. It is shortsighted and fails to contribute to a sustainable fiscal policy for our state. If the legislature chooses to cut state employees salaries by 6% then I would be willing to stand in their shoes."
A representative for State Controller Kim Wallin said Wallin is on vacation and will provide a comment when she returns on Friday.
State Treasurer Kate Marshall says she will honor the 6% cut request if the legislature decides to cut state employee salaries.
If you are curious as to what these people make .. here you go:
As of January 2007, Governor's salary is $141,000.
As of January 2007, Lieutenant Governor's salary is $60,000.
As of January 2007, Secretary of State's salary is $97,000.
As of January 2007, State Treasurer's salary is $97,000.
As of January 2007, State Controller's salary is $97,000.
As of January 2007, Attorney General's salary is $133,000.
And for those of you curious about the salaries of Nevada Supreme Court Justices. Some of them are paid $140,000 and others are paid $170,000. Justices do not receive pay raises in the midst of their term. It kicks in when they are re-elected, or when a new person is elected to the position.