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Theatre Criticized for Executive Pay, State Funding

Theatre Criticized for Executive Pay, State Funding



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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) -- The Hale Centre Theatre is being criticized for receiving $185,000 in state funding while its top executives earn more than $100,000 a year and its actors are paid less than $60 per performance.

Some legislators behind the appropriation say they were unaware of how much the theater's executives are paid. The most recent tax records show the theater's top five managers were paid $530,000 annually.

Utah House Budget Chairman Ron Bigelow, R-West Valley City, says he pushed for the ongoing grant to the Hale Centre because it provides family-oriented entertainment. He says he was unaware of the Hale executives' compensation and acknowledged it is a concern to him. He says he'll reconsider the theater's funding next year, just as the Legislature does ever organization's

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune www.sltrib.com

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