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Well it looks like the country's worst governor is also the highest paid one:

A California state survey has found that the Pennsylvania governor’s salary was the nation’s highest in 2012, although a spokesman for Gov. Tom Corbett points out that he doesn’t accept the entire salary.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the survey will be used by the California Citizens Compensation Commission when it meets Thursday to begin deciding whether to raise the pay of California state officials.

The survey found that the Pennsylvania governor’s salary of more than $183,000 in 2012 bested that of other governors. - KDKA 2 Pittsburgh, 3/19/13

That's right, the guy who slow walked investigations into the Penn State sex scandal, let Jerry Sandusky loose, suppress minority and poor voters with voter ID laws, wants to privatize the lottery, rig the electoral college for the GOP in 1968, rejected expanding medicaid, pushed for deep cuts to education, cut public workers and police officers pensions, let the gas industry have it's way with Pennsylvania, force women to get mandatory ultrasounds and sign right to work legislation has the highest salary than any other Governor in the country.  How is that possible?  Well, you can thank a 1995 state law that delivers annual pay raises tied to inflation for top executive branch officials, lawmakers and judges in Pennsylvania.  Now of course, Corbett said that being Governor isn't all about the money:

"We don't run for office for the pay at all, we run for the service to the people of our states," Corbett said during a regular appearance on the Dom Giordano Program on WPHT-AM in Philadelphia. "Every state's different. There are other governors that get paid a little bit more, and there a lot of governors that get paid considerably less."

Regardless of whether Corbett accepts the full salary, it is subject to income taxes and counts toward his pension.

After he was elected governor in 2010, Corbett said the issue of automatic cost-of-living increases should be scrutinized, although he stopped short of advocating a repeal of the 1995 law. That law has also helped Pennsylvania's lawmakers become the nation's second-highest paid, behind only California's. - The Patriot-News, 3/20/13

So Corbett is ok with people complaining about his high salary but don't expect him to repeal the law that gave him a high salary.  So yeah, another reason why this clown needs to get the boot in 2014.

By the way, received an e-mail from the Democratic Governors Association who are raising money off of Corbett's lousy approval numbers to defeat him in 2014:

BREAKING: A new Pennsylvania poll shows extremist Republican Governor Tom Corbett has fallen behind by up to 11 points.

Pennsylvanians are finally seeing just how radical Corbett is. First, he told women he's trying to force to have invasive and unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds, "You just have to close your eyes." And then he signed a voter ID bill to lower the young minority voter turnout.

We have a chance to take Pennsylvania back and send a message to the Koch Brothers and the Tea Party.

But we need your help, now, to raise $120,000 by March 31 and make sure voters know about Corbett’s extremism before he and his billionaire-backers try to hide it. We have to start now.

Click here to donate $20 or more to help the DGA get out the truth about Tea Party extremists. We can’t let them lie their way to victory – we have to set the record straight:

The GOP’s going to spend tens of millions to save Corbett’s seat. He’s the new model of Republican governors: He’s anti-women and anti-voter.

We don’t have their money. We’re proud that instead – we have you. But when it’s not as easy as swiping a single check, it takes longer and you have to start earlier.

That’s what this goal is about. Dig deep now and help us make this goal so we can defeat Corbett and his Tea Party allies. Donate now – before March 31 – so we can spread the word on their radical record. We can’t let them run from it.


Lis Smith
Democratic Governors Association

You can contribute to the DGA here:

Originally posted to pdc on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 09:12 AM PDT.

Also republished by DKos Pennsylvania, In Support of Labor and Unions, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, Pittsburgh Area Kossacks, and Philly Kos.

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