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Taking aim at a 'dumping ground for legislators'



Update: Rep. Eric Eisnaugle has filed a response.

If Floridians have to tighten their belts so should lawmakers who hold second jobs at universities and other state agencies, says state Rep. Scott Randolph.

Randolph, D-Orlando, has filed an amendment to the House budget that would force any lawmaker who got a job after being elected to take a pay cut equal to their legislative salary (about $30,000). It would apply to the 2009-2010 fiscal year only and only if the nonlegislative salary exceeds $70,000.

The target: The dozen or so lawmakers who have landed jobs at state colleges and universities (background here). "It's like our university system has become a dumping ground for legislators," Randolph said. "If you're talking about small government and 'living within our means,' you shouldn't be taking two paychecks from the government."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:36pm]


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