HARTFORD – More than a thousand state employees are paid more than Gov. M. Jodi Rell, according to data now available to the public at www.CTsunlight.org, and a dozen earn an annual salary of more than a half a million dollars.

• In 2008, 1,137 state employees earned more than the governor’s $150,000 salary.
• 70 earned more than $300,000
• 12 were paid more than $500,000. All worked for UConn or the UConn Health Center.
• The highest paid state employee is UConn men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun, who earned more than $1.5 million, or ten times what the governor of the state is paid.

The twelve over $500,000 in annual pay:

Calhoun, James A University of Connecticut 1,586,107.08
Edsall, Randy D University of Connecticut 1,361,205.66
Nulsen, John C University of Connecticut Health Center 889,784.44
Whalen, James D University of Connecticut Health Center 846,039.02
Onyiuke, Hilary University of Connecticut Health Center 831,989.83
Hogan, Michael J University of Connecticut 616,240.47
Maier, Donald University of Connecticut Health Center 585,721.94
Deckers, Peter J University of Connecticut Health Center 554,542.68
Hathaway, Jeffrey University of Connecticut 550,925.07
Fellows, Douglas W University of Connecticut Health Center 527,619.91
Makkar, Hanspaul University of Connecticut Health Center 510,469.90
Aronow, Michael S University of Connecticut Health Center 507,687.61

Connecticut state employees are the second highest paid state employees in the country, according to Governing Magazine.

ABOUT CTSUNLIGHT.ORG: Created by the Yankee Institute after a massive Freedom of Information Act request, the site lists where every tax dollar spent by state government goes. Every state employee’s salary. Every retiree’s pension. Every vendor payment by every state government department or agency. All online, searchable, and downloadable.

ABOUT THE YANKEE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY: The Yankee Institute is Connecticut’s independent think tank dedicated to free markets, free enterprise, and private sector solutions to public policy questions. Founded in 1984, Yankee has offices on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. The Yankee Institute is nonpartisan research and educational organization and is classified by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit.

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