A story Friday in Michigan Capitol Confidential about a CATA bus driver who made $140,000 last year provided the impetus for a front-page story Saturday in the Lansing State Journal.

"The wage information was originally reported by Capitol Confidential, a publication of the Midland-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy," the Journal reported. "The free-market think tank obtained CATA records through a Freedom of Information Act request."

The driver recorded 2,200 hours of overtime, or about 42 extra hours a week, for the public transit system. The top hourly pay of $22.11 an hour equates to a salary of about $46,000 a year before overtime for a full-time driver, according to the Journal.


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