Comparing Michigan's Cabinet Pay

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email

Remember when Gov. Snyder announced in February that his annual salary would be just $1?

Those savings didn't tell the whole story.

Take for example Kirk Steudle, MDOT's director. Under Jennifer Granholm, Steudle was paid $140,000. Steudle got the same role in Gov. Snyder's administration but with a $5,000 raise. The new head of the Dept. of Natural Resources, Dan Wyant, got the same $5,000 raise when compared to his predecessor.

Raises came in the executive office too. Gov. Snyder's Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore makes $171,000, $35,000 more than the equivalent salary under Granholm's administration.

But not everyone got a pay raise. The new director of the Department of Human Services, Maura Corrigan, took a $10,000 pay cut when compared to former head Ismael Ahmed, who was paid $150,000.

And sometimes what looks like a pay hike is actually a savings. Take for example Snyder budget director John Nixon. His $250,000 salary dwarfs Granholm budget director Bob Emerson's $135,000. However, Nixon has two jobs. He's also head of Michigan's Department of Technology, Management and Budget, a role previously filled by Kenneth Theis and his $145,000 salary. When you combine the two, paying Nixon nets the state $30,000 in savings.

In comparing available salary information as a whole, Gov. Snyder is paying his cabinet $53,000 more than Jennifer Granholm paid her cabinet. But when you factor in Gov. Snyder's $1 salary, this year's cabinet and Governor are paid $103,000 less than last year's.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 02:38 PM
    Wages are deceptive but anyone who is making over 100K a year is making too much to be considered a commoner.
  • by Leora R. White on Apr 6, 2011 at 02:13 PM
    The teamsters (city employees) sent a letter requesting a yes vote on the 4 mils proposed tax this May. I will vote yes. But I can't help wondering what 5K from the Govs cabinet members might do to balance the budget. I will vote yes, because no matter what we say they are gonna do what they are gonna do anyway. Thanks for keeping this issue in the public eye. Maybe if enough people object something will happen and I will be proven wrong.
  • by idontthinkso on Apr 6, 2011 at 06:54 AM
    So, by this argument, every state employee that is now doing the job of 2-3 people should receive the combine salary of those 2-3 positions minus $30k. Sounds like a good deal.
  • by Question the Rhetoric Location: Upper Peninsulat on Apr 6, 2011 at 06:47 AM
    I would like someone to examine/investigate just how much "savings" there is with Snyder still living in his home in Ann Arbor. There has to be a tremendous cost for security for home, family, with that choice. I don't know how many "homes" he owns, but I would imagine that there would be a cost to all of them as well. Add that to the Governor's Mansion, the house on Mackinac Island etc.......
  • by Bolo Location: Lansing on Apr 6, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    If you go back and look at the timing of when the Dept of Management and Budget was combined with the Dept of Information Technology it was under the end of the Grandholm administration. The directory of DIT left under her administration. So when Mr. Nixon was hired the two position had already been combined. You can guess the rest, the old person was doing the job for about ½ of what Mr. Nixon is. Just more distorted facts and deception from the folks at the top!
  • by concernedTaxPayer Location: Lansing on Apr 6, 2011 at 05:27 AM
    isn't it interesting that they got a $5k pay raise when some state workers (non-union) haven't had a raise in years, and a pay decrease with the 3% retirement fee! It's great that he's paying less per year, we need that, but let's be fair about it.
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