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Do hospital CEOs make too much?

There’s been angry reaction to the recent revelation that three public hospital CEOs are among the highest paid public employees in California. Is the pay — or the anger — justified?

Reporters at the Los Angeles Times found a number of public hospital execs making serious bank — more than $1M in one case.

The hospitals and their CEOs  say the salaries (and related bonuses and perks) are fair — and in fact, relatively modest compared to what their private-hospital peers make. The hospitals claim paying significantly less would hurt their ability to recruit the best talent.

But after public scandals like that discovery that the town administrators in tiny Bell, CA, were making astronomical amounts for what were essentially part-time gigs, many taxpayers feel that million-dollar salaries for public employees are a luxury the state can’t afford.

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