Dona Ana County pay ranges from $7.50...

Dona Ana County pay ranges from $7.50 to $64.44 an hour

There are 76 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Apr 17, 2010, titled Dona Ana County pay ranges from $7.50 to $64.44 an hour. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

Ray Ramirez, 32, a county grounds maintenance worker, trims landscape vegetation Tuesday at the County Government Center.

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LC Today

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#1 Apr 18, 2010
$64.44 per hour? Why is it that the person who actually does the least work and may not even be worth it, makes the most money?
What R U Thinking

Las Vegas, NM

#2 Apr 18, 2010
Er, LC Today, if you look around, I think you'll find the head of any organization is normally the highest paid employee.
Outta Here

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Apr 18, 2010
just another example of big goverment. This is why form city to county to state and federal we are broke and being taxed to death!
Hey Boy

Santa Fe, NM

#4 Apr 18, 2010
LC Today wrote:
$64.44 per hour? Why is it that the person who actually does the least work and may not even be worth it, makes the most money?
E Z Thunder. Simple math is he makes about $134,000.00. This number may also include any additional allowances that he may have negotiated, ie auto allowance. When you take that number and divide it by 52 and then again by 40 you get about 64 per hour. However; that is all built on an assumption that he will work 40 hours per week. We are all smart enough to understand that an executive management level position will more than likely require that individual to work anywhere from 60-80 hours per week. Please remember that there is a difference between Salary and Hourly wages. Overtime, night differential, and holiday pay are generally not paid to individuals that receive salary wages. Where as those that receive the hourly rate will receive most if not all of the above.
A Watcher

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Apr 18, 2010
Just exactly what is the TOTAL of the Dona Ana County Manager's income and benefits that come from tax dollars? His contract should be public record.
Rjg

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Apr 18, 2010
Part of the reason why this economy is so poor, is because of all the double dippers out there! you just took away from a person who really needs a job... there are to manny young people out there with out jobs.. Who's to blame??
Wow

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Apr 18, 2010
It is not so much that the top salaries freak me out as that there has to be so many employees to capture, control and mantain our population. I think it is a sad state of affairs when we spend more on that than on the advancement of a good population.
doh

Albuquerque, NM

#8 Apr 18, 2010
How many of these high paid city employees are double dippers. I know one engineer that retired from the NMDOT so he is raking in the dough.
Otis

Rio Rancho, NM

#9 Apr 18, 2010
The top dog is only getting $134K? You get what you pay for, folks. I know attorneys in town that charge $50k for a drug case. Win or lose. I say we jack up the executive salaries by about 100%, fire the current exempt employees and advertise nationally. With the economy the way it is we should be able to attract candidates of $500 thousand/year quality for around $300K. Think what that would do if we got some stars working in county government for a few years.
Hey Boy

Santa Fe, NM

#10 Apr 18, 2010
What are the so called (double dippers) to do? In most cases when they retire their retirement isn't enough to maintain the standard of living that they had worked to achieve. In some cases they lose medical benefits, at an age and time in their lives when they may need it the most. What should we do with those individual?
NMSU

Las Cruces, NM

#11 Apr 18, 2010
It's a shame that many of the hard workers don't get a salary to afford them the opportunity to raise their families!
union

Albuquerque, NM

#13 Apr 18, 2010
Only 34% of union eligible workers are actually dues paying members. How much does the county pay in actually having to administer the union contract that could go to providing county services. AFSCME doesn't represent employees.
NtT

Santa Fe, NM

#15 Apr 18, 2010
union wrote:
Only 34% of union eligible workers are actually dues paying members. How much does the county pay in actually having to administer the union contract that could go to providing county services. AFSCME doesn't represent employees.
Usually even the non-union employees benefit from union presence in the added worker protections and wages, benefits that they nogitiate with the employer.

I have worked in union and non union jobs, currently non-union. Give me a union any day, the dues are worth it! If workers across different fields would push more for unions, we all would make more money and have better benefits.

Maybe if folks would support unions more, there would be fewer folks crying about how "wasteful" they are and realize they are supporting the rich by degrading union support. By supporting unions, they support the working man/woman and not "the man".
LCTP

Albuquerque, NM

#17 Apr 18, 2010
I would like to know how much 1/2 District Attorney Susana Martinez makes while she spends a big part of her time on the campaign trail. It is enough time away from her job that she is embarassed to make her time out of the county public.
Uses for the Sun News

Las Cruces, NM

#18 Apr 18, 2010
I buy the paper for the following reasons:

I make paper mache pinatas out of the newspaper
I use it to line the bird cage
I make paper airplanes out of it
I make dunce hats out of it and pass them out at the city council meetings
I wrap breakable items with the paper
I shred it and use the paper to line packages
I place my gramma's porta potty over the paper in case she has an accident on the floor
I place it in the recycle bin after I take the coupons out of it
I pass it out to my high school students as a reminder that they can also aspire to be a crumby journalist. This ploy has improved the drop-out rate.
Ahh, yes...so many uses for this newspaper. I love the newspaper.

“Irony, metaphor, film @ eleven”

Since: Feb 08

Old Mesilla/New Las Cruces

#19 Apr 18, 2010
Uses for the Sun News wrote:
I buy the paper for the following reasons:
I make paper mache pinatas out of the newspaper
I use it to line the bird cage
I make paper airplanes out of it
I make dunce hats out of it and pass them out at the city council meetings
I wrap breakable items with the paper
I shred it and use the paper to line packages
I place my gramma's porta potty over the paper in case she has an accident on the floor
I place it in the recycle bin after I take the coupons out of it
I pass it out to my high school students as a reminder that they can also aspire to be a crumby journalist. This ploy has improved the drop-out rate.
Ahh, yes...so many uses for this newspaper. I love the newspaper.
No more soup for you!
Uses for the Sun News

Las Cruces, NM

#20 Apr 18, 2010
stopTAGGING ourWALLS wrote:
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No more soup for you!
Oh come on....I will trade you some soup for a newspaper? I will even go to the Branigan Library and get it for you.
Former Resident Pee J

Kihei, HI

#21 Apr 18, 2010
Seriously those are some pretty low wages across the board compared to the rest of the country.Don't complain too loud.
lcnative

Toledo, OH

#22 Apr 18, 2010
Any facts to back your statements?
stopTAGGING ourWALLS wrote:
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Silvia Sierra also has a private practice as a Medical Doctor. How can
one serve two masters and do it well? Her city job pays $83k per year.
BottleRocket

Las Cruces, NM

#23 Apr 18, 2010
NtT wrote:
Maybe if folks would support unions more, there would be fewer folks crying about how "wasteful" they are and realize they are supporting the rich by degrading union support. By supporting unions, they support the working man/woman and not "the man".
This must be true. All my friends at General Motors and Chrysler tell me so!!!

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