2,032 state govt. employees now get $100K a year - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

2,032 state govt. employees now get $100K a year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - State figures show that less than 3.5 percent of state government employees in Arkansas are making $100,000 a year.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Sunday that the number of $100,000-plus Arkansas employees grew by 164 this fiscal year to a total of 2,032. Mike Stormes, the state's budget director, said there were 56,753 state employees at the end of December.

Not all of the money paid to highly-compensated employees comes from taxpayer funds. A good example is the highest paid - Razorback football coach Bobby Petrino, who gets. $2.95 million, up from $2.7 million last year. But only a small portion of that is taxpayer funds, with the rest coming from private donations, mostly to the Razorback Foundation.

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