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It's not in the original data set, but indexing the governor's salary to the state mean could produce interesting results.


I don't know that I have any other thoughts about this data set (aside from a regular bar chart would be 1,000 times better than the map), because it seems like a pretty pointless data point for each governor without some kind of context.

I don't know what an appropriate indicator within a state to compare a governor's salary should be, but surely there is something that would make these numbers be more useful.


TTD: Standardizing the salary data doesn't really reveal much. Turns out that most are within 1SD and if I recall, at most one number is outside 2 SD.


I agree, that putting the data into comparison with something would make it more useful. e.g.
- population of the state (we should expect governors of bigger states to be paid more)
- state budget (is the governors salary roughly in line with what the state spends on other things)
- approval rating (who gets the most money for doing the worst job?)

And I think the original pairing with party is interesting too. But I wouldn't use the affiliation of the governor itself but the broader measure of how the state leans overall (e.g. average of last 6 statewide election results or something). So the question would be: Do Republican-leaning states pay their governors more or less than Democratic-leaning states?

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