Government Employee Overtime About Equal to a 38 Studios Every Year

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The State of Rhode Island spent $89.6 million on employee overtime in 2011, according to payroll data acquired by the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity.  In 2010, the total was $82.8 million. The free-market think tank will make the individual payroll data for fiscal years 2011 and 2010 available next week through an interactive transparency Web site.

The average overtime payments of the 9,415 employees receiving at least some overtime in 2011 was $9,516, but removing those who claim relatively small amounts reveals some startling totals.

In 2010, the state paid $66.1 million in payments to the 2,643 employees who claimed more than $10,000 in overtime, for an average of $25,023. In 2011, the comparable 2,712 employees claimed an average of $26,765, for a total of $72.6 million. That’s fast approaching the equivalent of a 38 Studios loan guarantee every year.

Narrowing the range more, $20.4 million went to those claiming over $50,000, for an average of $70,440. And $3.9 million went to just the 33 claiming over $100,000 in overtime payments, averaging $117,524.

In total, 579 employees made more in overtime than they did in regular pay.  Assuming all overtime hours at time and a half, 526 employees would have had to work at least an additional 50% of their ordinary hours (e.g., 60 hours on a 40 hour workweek) in order to achieve the overtime that they were paid.  That’s every single week of the year, including vacation weeks and holidays.

Rhode Island State Employees' Total Overtime Payments by Recipient Category, CY11

Honing in on the top 33 overtime recipients, it appears that these massive amounts of money are not one-year spells of heavy workloads or understaffing, but have become regular features of state government workers’ income. The following table shows the gross pay, overtime, and regular pay (gross minus overtime) of each employee who took home more than $100,000 in overtime pay in 2011, as well as his or her department.  (The table assumes that no two people with the same first and last names work in the same department and switched places with regard to who had more overtime.)

On Tuesday, an article by Suzanne Bates on the Ocean State Current looked into the twelve employees in the table from the Dept. of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH).  Yesterday, we pointed out that overtime excesses aren’t merely a factor for highly skilled employees, driving laundry workers’ total pay over the $100,000 mark.

Rhode Island State Payroll Employees Making over $100,000 in Overtime in FY11

2011 2010
Name, Department Gross Pay Overtime Pay Regular Pay Gross Pay Overtime Pay Regular Pay
Stella Adeniyi, BHDDH $269,858 $172,398 $97,460 $248,876 $156,674 $92,202
Sylvia Macagba, BHDDH $263,052 $158,462 $104,590 $282,280 $180,112 $102,168
Abella Corpus, BHDDH $246,938 $142,060 $104,878 $294,867 $192,086 $102,781
Gary Clark, Corrections $206,641 $140,822 $65,819 $145,574 $94,239 $51,335
Sung Lee, BHDDH $232,950 $140,507 $92,443 $162,718 $79,110 $83,608
Paul Fetter, Jr., Corrections $204,595 $132,398 $72,197 $144,479 $89,701 $54,778
June Nwanna, BHDDH $214,573 $130,420 $84,153 $170,701 $94,231 $76,470
Dale Fogarty, Corrections $210,029 $128,123 $81,906 $159,856 $95,356 $64,500
Jack Vicino, Corrections $201,156 $124,315 $76,841 $135,990 $70,883 $65,107
William Distasio, Corrections $181,368 $121,426 $59,942 $140,802 $88,972 $51,830
Cynthia Smith, Corrections $198,868 $120,747 $78,121 $144,597 $83,019 $61,578
William Curtin, Corrections $175,256 $120,395 $54,861 $64,066 $34,559 $29,507
John Meehan, Corrections $186,771 $117,405 $69,366 $124,482 $63,939 $60,543
Nelson Bolano, Corrections $175,694 $114,615 $61,079 $154,433 $102,013 $52,420
Juliana O. Gunnaya, Corrections $199,501 $113,505 $85,996 $173,942 $101,089 $72,853
Patrick Flynn, Corrections $183,624 $111,306 $72,318 $240,790 $177,768 $63,022
Vincent Paiva, Corrections $171,501 $110,181 $61,320 $118,705 $65,383 $53,322
Josephine St. John, BHDDH $194,205 $109,946 $84,259 $170,377 $95,478 $74,899
Kevin Krupa, Corrections $170,918 $109,839 $61,079 $124,740 $72,320 $52,420
Pedro Tactacan, BHDDH $245,660 $109,700 $135,960 $262,575 $141,439 $121,136
Kerstin Uy, BHDDH $171,555 $108,280 $63,275 $49,368 $23,617 $25,751
Michael Gorman, Corrections $175,256 $107,645 $67,611 $160,481 $99,056 $61,425
Cecilia Falguera, BHDDH $198,692 $106,355 $92,337 $203,459 $112,439 $91,020
Gavin Frament, Corrections $167,912 $105,835 $62,077 $132,199 $78,599 $53,600
Angela LaCombe, BHDDH $217,016 $105,121 $111,895 $250,630 $137,579 $113,051
Stephen Perry, Corrections $161,447 $104,014 $57,433 $129,289 $78,674 $50,615
Errol Groff, Corrections $162,613 $102,787 $59,826 $128,220 $75,800 $52,420
Robert Midwood, Corrections $164,663 $102,415 $62,248 $128,718 $74,421 $54,297
Kyw Lee, Corrections $164,582 $102,107 $62,475 $132,715 $77,936 $54,779
Thelma McGuirl, BHDDH $192,960 $102,017 $90,943 $173,454 $86,163 $87,291
Louis Cesario, Corrections $164,219 $101,980 $62,239 $122,617 $68,330 $54,287
Dale Campopiano, Corrections $163,704 $101,093 $62,611 $135,083 $81,484 $53,599
Carl Langley, BHDDH $201,076 $100,080 $100,996 $179,452 $80,841 $98,611
Notes: “BHDDH” = the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals; “Corrections” = the Department of Corrections.

 

Editing note: Added 2010 total to first paragraph at 3:55 p.m., 3/28/13.



  • Courtney Claire

    Poor Justin- always striving to be the cool kid in class…..how funny Justin can be so sensitive to rules unless he wants to bend and twist them to fit his own twisted sense of what is right and true. Perhaps the readers will be interested to learn Justin himself has wasted thousands of Tiverton taxpayers dollars on a bogus "button gate"claim that was dismissed- he pursued it ( because he lost the local election perhaps?!)…and once again the case was dismissed with yet more taxpayer waste??- not his money mind you- ours- the Tiverton taxpayer "gravy train"……I am certain, if Justin were having to pay for his need to be heard/right out of his own pocket( he had the town make multiple copies of HIS OWN DOCUMENTS- because "of the expense")- he would have put his money where his mouth is-accepted the loss-and moved on to take care of his own issues. What a hypocritical mealy mouth……

    • Billy Barton

      Man!
      Children, take note: this is called an ad hominem argument…
      Claire: don’t address the issue (some knotheaded union pug doubling his salary by screwing the taxpayer) but attack the messenger. I’d have thought instead of attacking Justin you might wonder how a state employee can make $110k in overtime. Something’s rotten in the state of Rhode Island, and it ain’t in Tiverton, and it ain’t Justin.

      • justinkatz

        Thanks for the note, Billy. I've trimmed your comment a little, only because there's no need to go there, just yet.

        • Billy barton

          No issues, keep up the good work, and watch your back!

  • I don't know a Courtney Claire in Tiverton, Courtney. Do you live here?

    I'd be very interested to see the legal expense to the town of handling my complaint. They don't tend to release such information, but it'd be interesting to know how much it costs the town when public officials trample all over the clear language of the town charter. It was especially interesting to watch the town council's own lawyer stand up and walk around the table to argue a case with the council as the judge. No doubt, that sort of procedure fills residents with confidence in the fairness of their government.

    Fully expecting that level of justice, I didn't think the council members would actually to be concerned enough with my evidence to want to read through it all, so I only made enough copies of the handful of documents that I thought they really should review. The rest were simply to get the documents on the record. (Most of them documents the town's lawyer should have read and submitted himself as part of advising the clerk, the council, and then the clerk again, in front of the council, all on the same matter, which he apparently never researched.

    But residents should never be bullied into being quiet about injustices they perceive in their government. That way lies fascism, which may in fact be what you're after, Ms. Claire.

  • http://m.projo.com/projo/pm_14347/contentdetail.h

    Some seem to think that your figures are a bit inflated. Not surprising.

    I'm also trying to figure out the relevance of why it matters if you know Courtney or not?

    • justinkatz

      Renee,

      I've responded to the Providence Journal here: http://oceanstatecurrent.com/opinion/note-in-resp

      They're not saying the total numbers are inflated. They're saying that the pay listed as overtime is actually more like regular pay. Frankly, I think that's worse. A laundry worker earning $123k for working 100-hour weeks is one thing. What the state is saying is that the laundry worker might have earned that much by working fewer hours than that.

      As for Courtney Claire, I mentioned my lack of familiarity with her name, because it says something about people who resort to name calling and personal attacks when they don't at least use their own names.

      So, no, I don't know any Courtney Claire in Tiverton. I do know Gloria Crist, though. My understanding is that she receives pay of some kind from our local schools for working with children. And based on the IP information of the comments, it appears that she and Courtney are using the same computer for their attacks.

      She might want to restrict Courtney's use of her computer. It looks bad when the high school drama coach takes to the Internet to behave like a grade schooler.

      • "What the state is saying is that the laundry worker might have earned that much by working fewer hours than that."

        Maybe I'm not understanding what you're trying to get at. Wouldn't it be fewer hours anyway if it's overtime/double time? Isn't it more beneficial to be overtime than to hire another person and have to pay out additional benefits?

        As far as Gloria is concerned, she's never been the kind of person to hide who she or afraid of posting her thoughts. Also, I believe all the coaches receive a stipend. A very small stipend considering the amount of hours most coaches put it.

      • Gcrist

        Who uses my computer is none of your business- I welcome her comments and use of my computer-and what does it matter what I do Justin? or..is it Billy Barton? When people call you out you go to your default of "bullying" or playing the victim….how about how you resort to petty attacks? Nothing personal. And how is it that you, while running for a position for school committee knew all along one of your friends secretly taped the inside of an elementary school-and you said nothing-and continue to state there is wrong with that? It is no secret I am the drama adviser-big fat hairy deal- at least my students know t he value of integrity-( and for that matter-fine acting)and I am doing something positive in t his community instead of constantly whining and belittling-and speaking of actors? I think you are simply a desperate untrained actor looking for a role to fulfill some deep innards you are lacking. I will continue to state my concerns as your hypocrisy looms…..you are a fake Justin. Bring on all the Courtney-they are welcome to use my computer anytime…so go on and keep checking your IPA's. Nothing personal.

      • Gcrist

        Who uses my computer is none of your business- I welcome her comments and use of my computer-and what does it matter what I do Justin? or..is it Billy Barton? When people call you out you go to your default of "bullying" or playing the victim….how about how you resort to petty attacks? Nothing personal. And how is it that you, while running for a position for school committee knew all along one of your friends secretly taped the inside of an elementary school-and you said nothing-and continue to state there is wrong with that? It is no secret I am the drama adviser-big fat hairy deal- at least my students know t he value of integrity-( and for that matter-fine acting)and I am doing something positive in t his community instead of constantly whining and belittling-and speaking of actors? I think you are simply a desperate untrained actor looking for a role to fulfill some deep innards you are lacking. I will continue to state my concerns as your hypocrisy looms…..you are a fake Justin. Bring on all the Courtney-they are welcome to use my computer anytime…so go on and keep checking your IPA's. Nothing personal.

  • Gcrist

    As a Tiverton taxpayer, I for one have had enough of footing the bill for Justin's insecurity and poor, poor journalism ( remember his tweet back in October?) ….I sat in the hearing while he presented his case and it was appalling- he was ill prepared- ( used dictionary.com as a reference-what was next Wikipedia???). Justin did ask for multiple copies to be made( which tied up time and more money)- he did not know the difference between "do not recall" and "do not know" and he revealed information about a private taping done by one of his cohorts at our elementary school-knew about it the whole time-really? Justin- secreat taping at an elementary school???…..Who cares who Ms. Claire is? She is on to something-and echos many of the sentiments of Tiverton residents. ENOUGH OF THIS GUY! ENOUGH!. We are so, so lucky he lost the election-now if we could just get him to stop giving Tiverton a bad name.

  • Gcrist

    and for the record: You do not know me Justin…you think you do.

  • You're seriously crossing the line attacking Gloria. Just because it is the same IP proves nothing. I have 4 computers in my house and several iphones sharing the same IP. But to say it's disconcerting to allow her to be with children is beyond disgusting. I would never have a problem with Gloria being with any of my children at any time. Low blow Justin. Don't cry victim next time someone does it to you.

    • So Gloria Crist takes every opportunity on every public Web site, even when I have nothing to do with the article to which she's commenting, to attack me personally, as she's done here and worse, using language that comes very close to threats and incitement, and I'M the one who crossed a line by expressing the opinion that her public behavior causes me concerns about her access to children?

      If that's your opinion, I guess it would be fruitless to argue, but I can only say that I disagree.

      • As you said, it's a public website. I saw nothing in any of her posts nor have I ever seen anything in any of her posts elsewhere that would cause any parent to be concerned over her being with children. Where has she attacked you personally? Mentioned your children or your family? Can you provide proof? Her track record and reputation speak for itself. She really doesn't need me to defend her. You're always so quick to play the victim though.

        • I didn’t say that she attacked my family, although others of your friends have done that. Why do you bring it up? Did somebody else with access to her computers attack my family in the past?

          If you don’t see her attacks as personal, I guess we’ll just have to agree that we see things differently. I do agree that her track record speaks for itself. That’s why I’d never seek to deny anybody access to the things that she writes.

          • If you noticed the question mark, I was asking you. I honestly have no idea who uses Gloria's computer. And I don't think you really have any idea who my friends are. You assume an awful lot.

  • Gcrist

    what's wrong Justin? afraid to post my comment?

    • justinkatz

      I don't know what you're talking about. The comment system we use says all of yours were automatically approved. Did one not appear?

      I'm always anxious for people to see your comments. They're illustrative of the sorts of people who work within the local government establishment.

      Regarding Billy, I'm sure that's not a real name, either, although I honestly don't know who it is. For my part, I never, ever comment anonymously.

  • Gcrist

    and-once again, your facts are incorrect about the status of what I do and why-but then again-if you knew me-you would know what I do and why. Your insane ability to justify your paranoid right wing whatever-thought process has cost the Tiverton taxpayers enough money-and it is about time someone called you out for the injustice you are doing to our town….if you want to spend you own money on making a fool of yourself-fine-but quit wasting mine and the other members of this town who are working hard to make a difference.

  • Robert Balliot

    Excellent article, Justin! Thank you for providing this information.

  • Gcrist

    Wow- give a girl time to think and a great deal can be solved. I owe Justin thanks. Seriously. I thank him for reminding me that my legacy of work is for good-the greater good-and the work I do with and for children and young adults is above and beyond creative process. It is about the process to think for themselves-to make solid and sound choices based on accurate information- to speak for injustice where they see it-to be true to themselves and to build community so that everyone can benefit from a sense of place. I have never threatened Justin Katz-( although he will tweet about it nonstop I am sure)but perhaps he is threatened by an intelligent woman speaking out against blatant hypocrisy-maybe he feels threatened when people question his information and his tactics…to date- Justin is the only one who has called me names referring to me as German "Fraulein"….and Justin is always quick to attack those of us who support public education and our schools in Tiverton-when in fact- he sends his children to schools in Mass. Again, I remind you -this is a guy who was running for school committee-yet had no problem with a friend of his video taping the inside of one our elementary schools… Justin is quick to find his "masculinity" in 140 characters-yet rarely meets those who question his behavior face to face. Thank-you Justin for reminding me I am so, so lucky to be doing the work that helps young minds grow-and while I have never imposed my views on any of my students-or friends for that matter- my work has given my students the self awareness to stay grounded and look closely at those who say one thing-but do another-those who question policy yet have no problem doing away with it when it does not suit their needs. Finally, I will say to Justin something I always tell my students when they come to me and point the finger at someone else: there are three more fingers pointing back at you. My computer is open and available to anyone who wants to use it.

    • Gloria,

      Anybody who's followed your oeuvre online has reason to agree that, at the very least, you come off like a bully. It's not going to stop me from doing what I think has to be done to improve people's lives (which may be why you've chosen me as a special target to chase around the Internet), but you have reason to know it bothers others deeply. If you were to set out each day looking for ways to bully people you don't agree with away from getting involved in local government and politics, I don't see how your writing would be any different. That could be a stylistic coincidence, I'll admit.

      With regard to threats, I refer you to your comment above: "ENOUGH OF THIS GUY! ENOUGH!. We are so, so lucky he lost the election-now if we could just get him to stop giving Tiverton a bad name." Perhaps you can see how that might come across as threatening, or inciting others to do threatening things?

      As for my children, it's a relief to me that you clearly don't know where they go to school. Perhaps you can see, though, how it might come across as threatening that you've made some attempt to find out. I don't know or care how many children you have, if any, or where they go, will go, or have gone to school. I don't know or care what lurks in the closets of your life, whereas you've made inquiries into mine.

      Whether or not you celebrate the holy day, I sincerely hope the Easter Season brings you further revelations about your role in life and in our community.

      • Gcrist

        "improve people's lives"?!??? Justin-you are taking money out of the pockets of Tiverton taxpayers to pursue your own extremist viewpoint. Sorry, but this does not compute on any level. If you want to waste/spend your own money fine-have at it- but I don't want my taxpayer dollars going towards your cause-and if what I witnessed at the town hearing was anything remote of how you are wasting my money-you should be ashamed. I held off on commenting for a long, long time after the sitting there in town hall for nearly FOUR HOURS-mainly because I felt so bad for you-but you turn around and point the finger on a state level when in fact-you are doing the same thing on a local level…your laundry just looks a little different.

  • "ENOUGH OF THIS GUY! ENOUGH!. We are so, so lucky he lost the election-now if we could just get him to stop giving Tiverton a bad name."

    I do not see that as threatening. I see that as being fed up. I'm going to say it again for anyone reading this. Gloria is a good person. To have an accusation made about her like this is just ridiculous. I have a great deal of respect for her.

    • Billy Barton

      This is astonishing!

      Justin uncovers corruption–union related and abetted–and suffers the vicious hostility of those who blame him. Amazing!

      Lesson One: courtney clair and gloria crisp are the same person, using the same computer, same fingers and same world view: if you could only see the stunned look on my face!!

      Lesson Two: If you can't refute what Justin's saying (union skunks cheating the taxpayer under the guise of overtime), then attack Justin. If there's nothing to attack him on, make something up!! Use a gov't purchased computer to do so!

      Lesson Three: Ms. Mello clearly violated the plain language intent of the town charter. We saw the same thing a couple of years ago over the 4/5 vote by the Town Council to raise taxes at the FTM, which was ignored and lawyered to death. It's still in litigation, as I recall. Corruption does not only include union washing machine jockeys in RI.

  • Billy Barton

    Lesson Four: There's nothing Justin could do to make Tiverton look any worse.

    Lesson Five: let's talk about this at the FTM…no, wait; there is no FTM, Dave Nelson and TCC made it go away.

    And you said that Tiverton had a bad name!

  • Gcrist

    "Billy Barton"-or Rob or Justin or whomever….Lesson One: you are making some very strong accusations.Anyone who follows my comments knows I always use my own name. Just because it is the same computer does not mean anything-so grow up and at least spell my name correctly for gosh sakes. You are all the same: you can attack people-call them names and threaten-but when the tables turn you whine and point fingers. To date, I have never threatened Justin, called him names or mentioned anything personal- he can not say the same.Lesson Two: My comments and others who call out Justin for his behavior have nothing to do with unions-it has to do with hypocrisy-and Justin has plenty of that-it is ludicrous he points the finger at taxpayer waste on a state level when he himself has been part of the waste on a local level( Tiverton taxpayer dollars). Lesson Three: If the problem is with the language of the charter-then strive to change/modify the language(which would have cost far less than Justin's "buttongate"). Everyone knows the real reason he followed through was because he was so sure he was going to win( even bragged about it for months)-the fact he was running for school committee and knew all along a friend of his and fellow TCC leader secretly video taped the inside of an elementary school and tried to black mail an 84 year old woman and SAID NOTHING until his hearing is just pathetic-Lesson Four: Justin and the TCC have done enough to tarnish the image of Tiverton-and might I add-the TCC contributed to their share of waste: $600,00 stolen from the schools-and even despite court ruling refused to give it back- three years, and $85,000 later-it went back to where it belonged. Lesson Five: We all wanted a new resolution to the FTM-duh-and we are so thankful that, along with Dave Nelson the TCC have gone away-poof begone-they have no power here anymore!! our town can move forward to building a better sense of community.

    • Your facts are simply incorrect, almost across the board. I see you've recovered and returned to your talking-points sheet, though.

  • Gcrist

    Bless your heart-you just can not stand it when someone calls you out-much less when that person is an independent free thinking woman- and one who does not have to use fancy obscure words to do so. My talking points remain the same because they are based on solid facts-I was at the hearing-remember? I saw for myself and I was appalled at the way you wasted my taxpayer dollars. Appalled. I am just commenting on what many,many others are thinking in Tiverton-it's time for the Justin dog and pony show to move on…..try auditioning for community theater. Please.

  • Billy Barton

    To quote Hamlet: "me thinks the lady protest overmuch," or something like that.
    The level of hysteria amazes me…Ms. Crisp immediately pegs the needle at the corner of overboard and crazy.
    What's lacking is some sense of proportion: Justin identifies corruption from the union folks who double and triple their taxpayer-provided salaries washing dirty clothes, and you call him a hippocrite, insecure, guilty of poor journalism, mealy mouthed (what does that mean, BTWP somehow guilty of wasting the taxpayer's money?
    Stuff like this is causing people to vote with their feets (don't fail me now!!): RI will have a single federal representative in the 2020 due to nonesense like this.

    GC: Stil don't understand how the other lady can use your computer, you certain it's not just you posting under another nom de dumb and just pretending to be someone else? Just askin'. Who is thie courtney claire person?

  • The virus that is contained in too many union contracts, that being minimum staffing requirements is probably to blame for the lion's share of the run a way overtime costs. Great for keeping the democrats voting democrat though.

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