Nearly 5,000 Pa. state workers paid $100,000-plus

    A newspaper says nearly 5,000 people on Pennsylvania’s state payroll earned at least $100,000 last year, and more than a third work for the 14 state-owned universities.

    The Patriot-News reported on its website Monday that the top 10 earners include Angelo Armenti, the fired president of California University, who ranked first at $367,449, and former State System of Higher Education Chancellor John Cavanaugh at $324,397.

    The Harrisburg newspaper says Gov. Tom Corbett ranks 190th on the top earners list, receiving $178,033 in 2012.

    The list of tax-paid employees earning at least $100,000 more than quadrupled from 2002, when there were 1,176 people in that category.

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    The earnings of some people on the list were inflated by severance pay or payouts for unused leave.

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