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."