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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Lobbyist Gets $175,000. State Job Despite Freeze

State System hires despite freeze

BY JAN MURPHY

A top-level position in the state university system that has been vacant for more than four years has been filled, despite a systemwide hiring freeze that took effect last month.

Karen Ball, a veteran of the Harrisburg lobbying community, has been named the State System of Higher Education's vice chancellor for external relations. She'll be paid $175,000 a year. More....

7 comments :

Anonymous said...

IF the position has been vacant for 4 years and the education system has been moving along, why fill it now? Just eliminate it and remove the money from the budget. The State is already in enough debt, it just does not make "cents" to me.....Please help me understand.

Anonymous said...

ditto on the above comment.

Anonymous said...

What are the specific duties of this position? Is this lobbyist expected to bring in $ for our educational system? If this role is not expected to 'find' outside monies well above and beyond the cost of her salary (and held to those numbers) then the position should be eliminated....let me guess, another one of the governor's cronies???

Freeze? said...

Maybe Fast Eddie needs to have "hiring freeze" explained to him, and to the tune of 175,000.00 ya think?!

Anonymous said...

Just another policital appointment by Fast Eddie

Anonymous said...

I cant stand it when you refer to him as "fast Eddie". Just sounds odd.

Rep. Chick said...

"fast Eddie"...He has earned this nick-name all on his own.

He can not be trusted, he is in the back pockets of the big unions of PA, he appoints friends to high paying jobs...believe you me he is "Fast and Easy Eddie"!