With that in mind, here are three folks who work in the Lansing area whose annual income makes me wince. You, too?
#1 Person Who Makes Too Much: MSU Football Coach Mark Dantonio – $1.8 million – The university is shuddering in the face of looming budget cuts when the stimulus runs out. In comparison, the president of MSU only makes $520,000, which shows where the university’s priorities lie. And in exchange for this overly generous rate of pay, Coach Dantonio presided over a lackluster season that culminated in allegations that a number of his players launched a violent surprise attack on their fellow students. Maybe Dantonio should put aside part of his annual windfall to pay for around-the-clock minders for his young charges, since he has apparently had little effect on helping them grow up to become responsible citizens.
#2 Person Who Makes Too Much: Michigan Blue Cross/Blue Shield CEO Dan Loepp – $1.79 million in 2008 – Watching the health-care debate on Capitol Hill has made me sick. The free market for health care is brutal, since I really can’t take the time to comparison shop when my appendix has burst. Insurance companies, no matter whether they are for-profit or non-profit, are proving themselves our enemies and not our friends.
#3 Person Who Makes Too Much: Delta Dental CEO Thomas Fleszar – $1.6 million in salary and benefits in 2008 – See above about health care – just substitute a throbbing tooth for a burst appendix. Adding insult to injury, Delta Dental continues to cut local workers, even as City Pulse reportedits top 11 execs collected almost $10 million in salaries last year.