If Commissioner O'Day and Deputy Commissioner Dawson aren't in it for the money explain why they are already making 15-30% more than the previous commissioner and deputy commissioner who were there for several years and they've not even been there a year yet.
How can Haslam justify cutting everyone else 5% and giving them huge raises?
Heard they got rid of the supervisor over the place that staff and students liked and respected and sent some guy from Nashville up there that had been in trouble for filing thousands of dollars in excessive travel claims. Guess what, he's not driving a state vehicle to work, bet he's filing travel claims for mileage from Nashville and probably meals to, even though they get a free meal there.
They're only looking to make money off this. Just check the salaries of the last Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner that had been in there for years. O'Day and Dawson both make 15-30% more and they've not even been there a year yet. How can they need to cut 5% everywhere else and add that much to their own salaries.
Voted mostly republican most of my life, didn't realize when Haslam said he wanted to run the state like a business he meant to make a profit for him and his buddies. Should have I guess, that's what a business does and the more money the better regardless of who it hurts is the way most big business operates.
Haslam, Commissioner O'Day, and Deputy Commissioner Albert Dawson want to contract out the problem juvenile justice kids. They can hand out nice fat contracts to their buddies and have cushy jobs, income from stock, campaign contributions, etc. when they get thrown out of office in a couple years. They are already trying to contract 150 beds in Memphis. Notice I said "beds" not for quality care of a 150 kids. They have 150 beds at Taft, but they can't profit from those.
Wonder how the next governor can get out of the contracts, which the last one just did a couple years ago in Memphis, if they close the state facilities? Also wonder if the place in Memphis made campaign contributions?