PELTO: "...More Bonuses - This time it's the senior public servants at the State Lottery Commission

Cross post from Jon Pelto's Wait What?

Old-timers will certainly remember when Governor Ella Grasso claimed that the state's share of lotto revenue was dedicated for school funding.  Younger people will, at least, recognize the Connecticut Lottery's constant advertising campaigns that push the concept that Lottery sales are a key source of revenue for the state and help fund many of the state's vital programs.

In fact, didn't one advertisement suggest that by buying a lotto ticket, you were helping to solve Connecticut's budget crisis?

Well brace yourselves, here we go again.

Don Michak, a long-time reporter at the Journal Inquirer, has broken the news that top corporate executives at the State Lottery Commission have been given large financial bonuses on top of their six figure salaries, despite the fact that they are officially public servants.

There's more below the fold...
The JI writes, "The Connecticut Lottery Corp. has dished out more than $170,000 in cash bonuses to 17 top executives and managers including 10 officials already paid more than $100,000 annually, the quasi-public agency's records show."

For the 10 percent of Connecticut residents, who are unemployed, and the 10 percent who are under-employed, and the tens of thousands who are struggling to make ends meet, Michak notes that these bonuses ranged from 6.7 percent to 10 percent of each recipient's pay.

However, unlike the Board of Regents fiasco, the JI reports adds that these Lottery Commission "incentive payments were unanimously approved by the corporation's board of directors on Sept. 20 and made public this week in response to a freedom-of-information request by the Journal Inquirer."

Although the 130 or so "normal" public employees at the Lottery Commission have faced a three-year pay freeze, as a result of the Malloy-SEBAC state employee agreement, the Vice Chair of the Lottery Corporation's Board of Directors told the JI that their bonus system for top management was acceptable because they are a "quasi-state agency."

Under Connecticut law, Governor Malloy appointed 4 members of the Commission.  In addition, the State Treasurer, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the executive director of the Division of Special Revenue automatically serve on the Board of Directors.  The president pro tempore of the Senate, the majority leader of the Senate, the minority leader of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the majority leader of the House of Representatives and the minority leader of the House of Representatives each get one appointment to the Lottery board.

The net effect is that the Governor and Democrats control 11 of the 13 appointments to the Lotto Commission Board of Directors.

The Chairman of the board is appointed by the Governor.

In this case, Frank Farricker, a Greenwich, Connecticut resident was appointed by Governor Malloy in April 2011.  Farricker, a long-time political supporter of Malloy, served as the Chairman of the Democratic Town Committee in Greenwich.  Members of the Board of Directors do not receive a salary for their service.

Interestingly the President and CEO of the Lottery Corporation served as legal counsel to Governor Jodi Rell and a number of the Lottery's senior staff served as higher ranking members of Rell's administration.

For the full story go to:

http://www.journalinquirer.com...

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