Columbia, SC — I recently retired from the state Department of Transportation. When I was working, I had a couple of guys on my crew who were very good workers. After they gave their best for three years to maintain bridges in Richland County, it was hard to keep their morale up on less than $22,000 a year.
I tried to have them promoted but always hit a brick wall: We don’t have the money. If the Legislature can come up with the money for a state employee raise, I propose it go to those making less than $50,000 a year. Those above that pay grade are not struggling like the people making what my guys do. I was one of those who made above $50,000 a year, and I was willing to give up my raise so my guys could get one.
There are tons of people working at Park Street for the Transportation Department and at other state agencies who make a lot of money. They don’t seem to care about the guys at the bottom. Help the little guy; he has to pay bills, too.
Jerry W. Hubbard