Time to abolish Lt. Gov. job?
Martin Dyckman argues no: The real issue is to make better use of the lieutenant governor. There can be more to it than ribbon-cutting. The law permits him or her to head any of the governor's departments without Senate confirmation (or additional salary). ... In other words, it is the governor who is responsible for whether the lieutenant governor is worth nearly $350,000 a year in salary and travel expenses. As Charlie Crist's skin seems to be made of Teflon, the voters will probably forgive him this, too. But let them at least remember it the next time they elect a new governor.