Several times Michael Begatte, who leads AFSCME in Delaware, has been mentioned on this blog. Sometimes he is referred to humorously as Gov. Begatto because of the power he wields in Dover. He was largely responsible for shutting down Governor Markell’s, the man actually elected to the position, miniscule efforts at reducing the future cost of State government.
The following information was compiled by the Caesar Rodney Institute. While small potatoes compared to the hundreds of thousands of dollars being wasted on the “double-dippers” in the General Assembly, the numbers are informative as to how the powerful make sure that they take care of themselves, first.
Here are some of the excerpts:
“Between FY-08 and FY-09 (the “great” recession) AFSCME’s membership rose 1% and its direct spending rose almost 17%”
“The executive director receives a salary of $112,028 plus benefits plus an allowance of $12,000. This total package equals 11% of AFSCME’s spending.”
“AFSCME directly spent almost $64,000 on hotels and catering…this is in addition to reimbursed employee expenses.”
“Blue Hen Promotions received around $13,000 for convention services. Blue Hen Promotions president is Sally Oberly [sic], wife of state representative William Oberly [sic] Jr.”
The full report can be found here.