Bringing the Cost-Saving Power of Competition to the Salary Bracket of the Senate Majority Leader’s Special Assistant: “Qualified Young Republicans Will Work for Half-Salary”
As you know, it has come to light that the salary of the Special Assistant to Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio, Stephen Iannazzi, is $88,000+ a year (presumably not including health care, pension, vacation time, sick days, personal days, May Day, etc). This is a respectable level of remuneration for a position which apparently does not have a job description and does not require a college degree of the occupant.
The public-spirited proposal below, dispatched late this afternoon by Y.R. Chairman Travis Rowley, is self-explanatory and well worth exploring, especially in light of the state’s budget difficulties. Travis has assured us that, if hired, none of the applicants will “leave the building” and walk back in again so as to double their salary, as young Mr. Iannazzi did.
After hearing the news that Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio’s new 25 year-old staffer, Stephen Iannazzi, who hasn’t earned a college degree, is being paid $88,112 annually for a cushy State House job, dozens of Young Republicans want to apply for the post themselves, expressing that they are willing to work for half of Iannazzi’s salary.
“I could really use the job right now,” said one applicant. “Even at age 27, my college loans from four years at Duke are still pretty hefty.” Another applicant said, “It seems like a good job. You know, one of those errand-boy jobs. I have a degree in political science, so I’m sure I can handle all the stress. Plus, I’ll be saving the taxpayers some money.” Another promising member of the Young Republicans said, “I feel like I have a decent shot at getting the job. I’m a hard worker, and I graduated with a 3.7 GPA from URI. I can make a pretty good cup of coffee, too.”
Chairman of the RI Young Republicans Travis Rowley elaborated on the situation, “When word got out about Iannazzi’s outrageous salary, I began receiving dozens of resumes from the Young Republican membership, asking me to forward them to Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed on their behalf.”
Young Republican board member Patrick Sweeney spoke practically about the situation: “It seems that there are dozens of Young Republicans who are unemployed, well qualified, and more affordable to the taxpayers.” Sweeney gathered information from www.salary.com regarding comparative salaries in Providence. He discovered that an Office Services Assistant on average makes $37,559, and an Executive Assistant makes on average $52,998. “If you average those two salaries together, that’s $45,287. And that’s basically what our members are willing to work for,” Sweeney stated.
“Government jobs should always go to the lowest bidder among qualified applicants,” Rowley explained. “So this is a no-brainer. Sen. Ruggerio and Sen. Paiva-Weed will have to reconsider Iannazzi’s hiring.”
When asked about the fact that Stephen Iannazzi is the son of Donald Iannazzi, the business manager for Local 1033 (an affiliate of the Laborers International Union), Rowley expressed only slight concern. “We realize that Senator Ruggerio’s 30-year-old son, Charles, works as a lawyer for a union that sustains the Democrats’ political power in Rhode Island. But all of our applicants have college degrees, and are willing to work for much less money.” Rowley added, “There are also a lot of Young Republicans with law degrees, who will be applying for Charles Ruggerio’s job as well. This is a good week for us.”
Regarding political influence, Sweeney said, “It’s true, very few of our members have fathers who are politically connected labor leaders. But if you look at some of their resumes, it’s clear that plenty of our applicants have some pretty solid credentials in that respect as well.”
Sifting through stacks of resumes it’s evident that Sweeney is correct. Not only do all of the applicants have college degrees from various schools, but many of the resumes make assertions such as “My dad knows your dad” and “My dad voted for your brother’s wife.” Others boast of job qualifications such as “My dad hired your son, so you should hire me.” And perhaps the most convincing qualification found among stacks of resumes was “My grand-pappy was a member of Local 1033.”
“Our membership isn’t naive,” Rowley explained. “Most of them have lived in Rhode Island their entire lives. So they know what type of qualifications State House employers look for. The ‘Family and Labor Connections’ portion of their resumes may have been beefed up a bit before they were submitted.”