The guy makes a decent salary … about $190,000 a year. But Wichita City Manager Robert Layton also carries plenty of responsibility in the position he’s held the past four years. He has a contract that says he is supposed to get a raise every year, but he’s turned those increases down during tough economic times. This week the city council decided to fix that.
City council members and Sedgwick County Commissioners have gone without raises. And in the fiscal cliff fix, even Congress turned down a pay raise. That’s right … even Congress!
It’s nice that politicians and government employees want to demonstrate that they feel the pain of private sector workers. Over the past few years businesses have dealt with slow commerce in the way they always do, by limiting and reducing expenses. That means some workers have not seen pay increases for a time.
Of course, that is preferable to having no pay check at all.
Our thought for today is from Thomas Jefferson:
“Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employment.”