ST. CROIX — With the government facing a $110 million budget deficit and looking for ways to trim its operations, a resident challenged Governor Kenneth Mapp on talk radio on Thursday to consider lowering his salary.
But Mr. Mapp, sounding irritated, told the caller that his salary — $150,000 annually — or that of the lieutenant governor and lawmakers for that matter, were the least of his worries.
While the resident — who called in to the Mario Moorhead talk show on WDHP 1620 A.M. on Thursday afternoon — was still expressing herself, Mr. Mapp interrupted her to make is point.
“Alright, so let’s put it in numbers,” Mr. Mapp began. “So pay the governor $50,000, right? So you just saved $100,000 on my salary. Pay the lieutenant governor $50,000, you save $75,000, right? So now you’re at $125,000. And cut each senator (by) $30,000, so you multiple that times 50 — you don’t have a half a million dollars,” Mr. Mapp said. “You could do that and say, ‘fine, now we have done something, and now they’re getting paid what we think they earn.’ What I’m trying to suggest to you is that rather than go through the political hoops to say we’re doing something like that, it seems to be symbolic.