by Chet Hardin
In its update, the office of the Colorado Senate Republicans laid out the proposed salaries for staffers on the newly formed Health Care Exchange.
All together, the proposed salaries top $3 million a year, and the Republicans aren't happy, as this included quote from Assistant Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman of Colorado Springs demonstrates:
There is no justification for paying staff members of the health care exchange six figure salaries while families and businesses struggle to make ends meet and pay their health insurance deductibles. This sends the absolute wrong message to the people of Colorado. I hope these salaries will be adjusted and brought to a more reasonable amount that reflects the current economic conditions we are in as a state and nation.
Here is the breakdown, which is available online here.
Chief executive officer - $200,400 annually
Chief financial officer - $165,600 annually
Chief operating officer - $165,600 annually
Chief communications officer - $165,600 annually
Other staff salaries range from $45,600 - $150,000 annually