Salarygate spreading

From a BlueNC reader:

Regarding no qualifications and high salaries, there's someone else you should look into at the Department of Commerce.

Blannie Cheng Garrett was promoted to Deputy Secretary of Commerce at a salary of $110,000. In January 2013, she was appointed as the Governor's Deputy Director of Jobs and the Economy at a salary of $85,500.

What's most interesting is that Blannie is 28 years old with two years of post-law school experience practicing private equity law. You know, the type of law that focuses on helping wealthy investors extract the most amount of money possible out of corporations by levering them up with debt. Obviously, two years of this experience well qualifies you to be one of the foremost experts on job creation and the economy.

There you have it. Blannie Cheng Garrett works less than a year as a McCrony, in a job where she has no experience, and then gets promoted to another job where she also has no experience, and gets a $24,500 raise. (Note from James: I haven't been able to confirm the $85,500 number, but all the other facts check out. Even if it's not accurate, the current salary ($110,000) is problematic all by itself.)

All that said, maybe we shouldn't complain. Given Blainnie's impact on jobs and the economy in North Carolina so far, maybe we should just count our blessings.


Law School grad starting salaries

She graduated law school from UNC in 2010, if you look closely at this pdf file of UNC Law School donors.

To put this in perspective, here's some info on starting law school graduate salaries for the Class of 2011 from the National Association of Legal Professionals. (Emphasis mine.)

Starting salaries for new lawyers vary tremendously. The median salary for Class of 2011 graduates with a full-time job lasting at least a year and reporting a salary was $60,000; the mean, or average salary was about $78,600. For jobs in private practice, the overall median salary was considerably higher, $85,000, and the average was almost $98,000. However, in small firms, which account for over half of the jobs taken in law firms, salaries of $50,000-70,000 were typical. Likewise, public service jobs — those in government, public interest organizations, and as judicial clerks — continued to offer relatively low starting salaries, with medians of $52,000, $45,000, and $52,000, respectively.

Most jobs paid neither the median amount of $60,000 nor $160,000. Although salaries of more than $75,000 accounted for 34% of salaries reported, they were considerably outnumbered by salaries of $55,000 or less which accounted for 41% of salaries reported. Outside of private practice, most salaries were $75,000 or less.

They also note:

Moreover, because salaries were reported for about 65% of graduates reported as working full-time in a job lasting at least a year, and were disproportionately reported for those graduates working at large firms, both the median and mean salary for jobs as a whole, and in firms specifically, are biased upward.

Did they have a category for lawyers

who are Friends of Pat Mac? Surely they deserve twice what other public sector attorneys earn, plus bonus points for having no freakin' idea what their doing.

Data for 2011

Remember this is data for 2011 - the job outlook for Law School grads right now is even worse with a surplus of Law grads on the market.

I found data on salaries for UNC's Law School graduates.

Dig this info on Public Sector job salaries for their graduates:

75th Percentile
2011 - $59,250
2010 - $60,000
2009 - $57,000

2011 - $50,980
2010 - $55,000
2009 - $50,000

25th Percentile
2011 - $44,000
2010 - $50,000
2009 - $40,000

Total Graduates in this Category
2011 - 69
2010 - 78
2009 - 70


This is part of Pat Mac's "efficiency" platform. Pay one person twice what you could pay two people and save money on office space.

Hall wants investigation

WRAL reports that Larry Hall has requested an inquiry into what has turned out to be a tremendous number of raises costing a tremendous amount of money, in many cases for people who just might be unqualified:

WRAL News found 280 full-time workers at DHHS who have received raises totaling $1.7 million since McCrory asked state agencies in March to limit spending in light of cost overruns in the Medicaid program. Also, some of those receiving raises have no career or educational experience for the jobs they hold.

It's really sad -- but Prevaricating Pat brought the "Wos" upon himself.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

So I guess DHHS has replaced

So I guess DHHS has replaced DMV as the place where reward jobs are given out?

I'm a moderate Democrat.

Apparently so

And it also might explain why Republicans were so ready to set aside a bunch of money for DHHS:

The proposal for state government spending through mid-2015 sets aside $1.2 billion over those two years for additional costs of Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance plan for 1.5 million poor and disabled North Carolina residents. The state agency running Medicaid would receive $370 million more for the fiscal year starting July 1 compared to the current year’s authorized spending of more than $3.1 billion. The increase comprises nearly all of the 2.3 percent overall spending increase proposed in the $20.6 billion plan for next year, said Sen. Pete Brunstetter, one of the chamber’s chief budget-writers.

It makes sense, really. When you've got a multi-billion-dollar agency, it's a much better place to try to bury dozens of patronage jobs than in the much smaller Governor's administrative staff.

Pat's communication boys...

...were just the tip of the iceberg. The patronage gets dumped in this department while many of the people that this department is supposed to serve are being thrown under the bus. And Pat and Tillisberger continue to blame "unexpected increased Medicaid costs" as their phony reason for phony belt-tightening (such as phony freezes on pay raises except for communication boys and other cronies).

Recall also that Aldona just quintupled (yes, you read that right) the number of "internal auditors" for DHHSC (Dept. of Health, Human Services & Corruption).

It doesn't take someone much smarter than Pat himself to see where this is going.

More, including the top 3 questions that should be answered, at BackwardNC (Aug. 25 entry).

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014