Here’s a story to go along with the protesting that will begin in Madison today.
A story about the University of Wisconsin Madison chancellor. In the real world, the people of Wisconsin can only dream about being paid $495,000 a year.
Rebecca Blank, the taxpayer-funded chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has sent a number of emails to alumni openly lobbying against a budget proposed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker that includes cuts to higher education.
Blank, who was hired in 2013, collects a base salary of $495,000, plus various perks and benefits.
The posh income puts Blanks squarely in the top one percent among all Wisconsin residents.
The median income for a family of four in Wisconsin is $81,373, according to federal government data. Thus, Blank enjoys a salary $413,627 greater than the income of a typical Wisconsin nuclear family.
About $100,000 of Blank’s salary comes from privately-endowed funding sources. The remaining $395,000 is courtesy of Wisconsin’s taxpayers.
As of 2012, Walker’s salary was $144,423 — well over $300,000 less than Blank’s. (They work in the same city.)
A Feb. 5 email from Blank sternly rebukes Walker for his plan to reduce government spending.
Read the full story via Wisconsin Chancellor Vs. Scott Walker | The Daily Caller.
$495,000 plus perks and a free mansion (read here) to live in. Doesn’t every Wisconsinite have a free mansion to live in? But please, don’t cut the U W systems budget!
Will Blank be protesting with labor unions today or will the Right to Work news overtake and put the UW Budget cuts on the back burner?