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Friday, April 13, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Should legislators be able to hold two public jobs?"

Indiana isn't mentioned in this national story today from Melissa Maynard of Stateline. But the example cited sounds oddly familiar. The story begins:

Alabama legislators don’t make much money for their service, with base pay of $10 per day for most of the year and modest per diems to cover living expenses during the legislative session. But for years, many legislators could count on an additional perk: Supplemental income for themselves or their spouses from jobs in the two-year college system as instructors or administrators.

The practice has since been eliminated, and safeguards put into place to prevent future abuse, thanks to a 2006 investigation by The Birmingham News that won the Pulitzer Prize, landed some legislators behind bars, and led to a 2010 law banning legislators from most forms of public sector employment. The investigation found that a fourth of the 140 members of the legislature were financially linked to the community college system through direct employment or contracts ranging from $162,930 a year for Rep. Yvonne Kennedy for serving as a college president to $2,340 for Rep. Charles Newton for teaching history classes.

The ILB quoted the Birmingham News story in this Sept. 30, 2007 entry.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 13, 2012 09:17 AM
Posted to Indiana Government