12/9/09

Can RI Afford Her? And is She Worth $250k?

$250,000 a year for the proposed new EDC director, Ioanna Morfessis, a stranger to RI, with guaranteed employment for three years. Is this a good idea? On the one hand, yes, we need to attract top talent to this potentially important position. On the other hand, how much can any EDC director accomplish when she walks into a department that first needs revamping and a new direction? Also, how effective can any EDC director be minus significant tax and government reform - a legislative task.

The Senate will have to ok her employment conditions and approve her hiring. What do you think? Is she worth it? Can RI afford her?