Public Sector Salaries

by Bill Kling | Feb 14, 2013
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I don’t believe there is a “project” where $1 million or even $10 million will make much of an impact. We’ve had both options over the years. What does cause change is leadership. Leadership in the public sector. So my idea is a simple one. You could set a standard for leadership unequalled in the country by using incentives to attract some of our community’s most effective people into local city government. Not dreamers or glad handers. Effective people whose credentials, public persona and critical thinking would impress the electorate.

To achieve that, I would suggest you use the funds to “supplement” the city salaries of the mayor and the council members and perhaps one or two other critical staff. Match the existing city salary in order to achieve a $200,000 salary for mayor and $150,000 for the council. Make the funds available only for newly elected candidates –just as salary increases now are made for the “next” electee rather than those currently holding office.

That level of compensation should be a significant enough salary to cause effective leaders in the private sector along with some of the best around the country in the public sector to apply to run for office. If it works, of course there will be questions about how to sustain it. My sense is that if it works it will make such a significant difference that the funds to sustain it will be forthcoming from creative foundations and perhaps, at least in part, the city government itself. And of course it will take some creative legal advice to make sure that the source of funds can be legally paid to elected officials. But that’s surmountable.

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Saint Paul

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Ramsey

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Public Sector Salaries

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I don’t believe there is a “project” where $1 million or even $10 million will make much of an impact. We’ve had both options over the years. What does cause change is leadership. Leadership in the public sector. So my idea is a simple one. You could set a standard for leadership unequalled in the country by using incentives to attract some of our community’s most effective people into local city government. Not dreamers or glad handers. Effective people whose credentials, public persona and critical thinking would impress the electorate.
To achieve that, I would suggest you use the funds to “supplement” the city salaries of the mayor and the council members and perhaps one or two other critical staff. Match the existing city salary in order to achieve a $200,000 salary for mayor and $150,000 for the council. Make the funds available only for newly elected candidates –just as salary increases now are made for the “next” electee rather than those currently holding office.
That level of compensation should be a significant enough salary to cause effective leaders in the private sector along with some of the best around the country in the public sector to apply to run for office. If it works, of course there will be questions about how to sustain it. My sense is that if it works it will make such a significant difference that the funds to sustain it will be forthcoming from creative foundations and perhaps, at least in part, the city government itself. And of course it will take some creative legal advice to make sure that the source of funds can be legally paid to elected officials. But that’s surmountable.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

I was born and grew up in St Paul. I worked in downtown for over 40 years and I have seen just about every scheme anyone could muster to re-ignite the downtown come and go. The best years I think, were those when Dick Broeker lead the Downtown Council under Mayor Latimer’s office. But even those initiatives had little impact.

There is no guarantee the pool of candidates would represent the talents I suggest. But there is no guarantee that any infusion of money for any project will matter. Most haven’t in the past. But the chance that St Paul, Minnesota could become a magnet for the best talent interested in improving government is, in my view, one of very few ideas that can rescue a city in crisis like St Paul. Bet on people!

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apolinario sasam said: Well, it's a must to be transparent as much as possible especially for people who are working in the government sector. - Mallory Fleming about this Competition Entry. - 2711 days ago read more >

Bill Kling submitted this idea. - 2902 days ago