Governor calls UTA salaries ‘excessive'

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's governor is calling the salary for the top official at the Utah Transit Authority "excessive."

At a press conference at the Capitol Thursday, our Richard Piatt asked the governor what he thought about the roughly $340,000 annual compensation for UTA's top official.

"It's $339,000 a year, I think, and I'm gonna leave this press conference and go apply for the job. It seems maybe a tad excessive to me," Gov. Gary Herbert said. "We're in a period with our state, and the economy of the nation, that people are tightening their belts, doing more with less; and I expect the UTA should be no exception to that."

On Monday, KSL 5 News compared the salaries of the transit agency's top executives with others across the country and found their top brass is making top dollar, paid by Utah taxpayer money.

UTA CEO John Inglish's pay tops the salaries of his counterparts in Chicago, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland, Washington, D.C., Denver and San Francisco.

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