‘Painful’ Layoffs? Yeah Right

When the publisher of the Virginian-Pilot announced layoffs in September, he called them “difficult and painful.”

Staffers are less sure that publisher Maurice Jones is feeling any of that pain, now that records show he received more than a half-million dollars in salary and a $263,000 bonus between Jan. 1, 2010, and Oct. 4, 2011.

Jones’s compensation only became public because he was nominated to deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Washington Times reports.

Jones laid off 50 people in September 2011, the paper’s fourth round of layoffs since late 2008. According to the Times, no senators asked questions about Jones’ bonus pay during his confirmation hearing in November, which was held days before the newspaper reported on the layoffs.