Bad idea | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Bad idea

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2007 at 6:48 AM

I was just reading about Rep. Bruce Maloch's bill to give a $12,000 housing allowance to state constitutional officers and members of the Supreme Court. It's a terrible idea and probably unconstitutional -- the last constitutional pay raise includes language meant to stamp out all the little extra payments previously awarded public oficials to get around constitutional pay limits. This just starts a new one.

You're probably wondering why he'd give a housing allowance to the hated Supreme Court, targeted by others for term limits, recall, etc. Maybe so they'd all have to recuse from hearing the inevitable court challenge. The hope then would be that Gov. Mike Beebe would appoint a gang of lawyers sympathetic to the needs of the poor, downtrodden constitutional officers.

You have to sympathize with the constitutional officers, a bit. Legislative pay is also limited to less than $15,000, but they all most of them knock down more than $40,000 -- a big chunk of it untaxed -- through a  variety of expense account scams.

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (6)

Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Judge Griffen: Why black lives matter

    Another few words from Judge Wendell Griffen growing from the controversy over the sale of Black Lives Matter T-shirts at the state black history museum — removed by the administration and restored after protests from Griffen and others stirred by a story in the Arkansas Times:
    • Mar 13, 2016
  • Antwan Phillips wants to make a difference in reducing Little Rock violence

    KARK/Fox 16's push to do something about Little Rock violence includes a spotlight on people trying to make a difference — in this episode Antwan Phillips, a lawyer at Wright, Lindsey and Jennings.
    • Aug 30, 2017
  • More on how highways were used to wipe out "blight" of non-white neighborhoods

    Vox, a news website that concerns itself with energy and other issues, has a fine piece, including before and after images, on the history of the U.S. interstate system and why roads were built through the middle of cities (unless people of influence stopped them — see Manhattan, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.)
    • Mar 22, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

  • Rapert challenger faults his reference to her

    Sen. Jason Rapert, the Faulkner County Republican, spoke to an NAACP session in Conway yesterday and encountered a question from his announced Democratic opponent, Maureen Skinner.Her campaign took offense

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation