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Stefanowski Hits Malloy’s “Golden Parachute Factory” After Report Official Could Receive Ed Job

September 20, 2018 By Staff
Stefanowski Hits Malloy’s “Golden Parachute Factory” After Report Official Could Receive Ed Job

The Republican nominee for governor is not happy that Ben Barnes, Dan Malloy's budget official, could become a highly-paid higher-ed official.

Bob Stefanowski, the Republican nominee for governor of Connecticut, released a statement Wednesday criticizing Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) over a report that Malloy’s budget official could receive a highly-paid position on Connecticut’s higher-ed board.

The CT Mirror first reported on Tuesday that Ben Barnes, Malloy’s top budget official, is under consideration “for the vacant post of chief financial officer at the state’s system of community colleges and regional universities.”

Sources familiar with the search process say Barnes, a political appointee who could expect to depart the Capitol with the governor’s other top aides in January, is one of the candidates under consideration to succeed Erika Steiner, who is retiring as the top fiscal officer for the Board of Regents for Higher Education.

[Erika] Steiner currently earns just over $204,000 per year [for the higher-ed position] while Barnes’ annual salary as OPM secretary is $209,439, according to the state’s Open Payroll website.

Stefanowski said in a statement: “Despite claims that there are no significant savings to be found through eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse, Malloy administration officials continue to receive golden parachutes paid for on the backs of Connecticut taxpayers.”

Stefanowski also called the possibility of Barnes receiving the higher-ed job “absolutely unacceptable.”

“If elected governor, I will put a decisive end to this practice of giving lavish golden parachutes to political appointees on day one,” Stefanowski concluded.

As of Thursday morning, it appears Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ned Lamont has not commented on the issue.