Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Ever wanted to know what 120 years of merit increases look like?

The wait could be short. A reporter in Pennsylvania is pushing for JoePa's annual salary to be revealed. (Be afraid, Alabama boosters. Be very, very afraid. Because it's been all of six months now, and Nick's eyes could be a-wanderin'.)

The Supreme Court's chief justice, Ralph J. Cappy, repeatedly pressed Murphy's lawyer to explain how the salary information collected by the retirement system should be considered a public record under the state's Right-to-Know Law.
"I'm trying to fit salaries into these categories as is required by the act," Cappy told lawyer Craig J. Staudenmaier.
Both Staudenmaier and retirement system lawyer Brian McDonough contended that the salary records meet two of the definitions, because they are part of a government account and are a contract pertaining to each enrolled individual.
"It is most clearly a public record," Staudenmaier said. ...
Justice Thomas G. Saylor pointed out that simply enrolling in the retirement system -- an option available to Penn State employees -- defines workers as state employees, whose salaries are typically disclosed publicly.
Cappy questioned Penn State lawyer John A. Snyder about whether retirement system enrollees should have a reduced expectation of privacy.
Paterno and the three administrators joined the retirement system, called SERS, before it decided to make salaries public, and they should enjoy a cloak of privacy, Snyder said.
"There was no way they could know this would happen to them 20 or 30 years after they joined SERS," Snyder told Cappy.

Or, for that matter, 80 or 90 years after they joined SERS. (HT: SMQ)

Someone this nattily attired has to be well-paid.

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