Challenge filed on freebie cars | Arkansas Blog

Friday, July 16, 2010

Challenge filed on freebie cars

Posted By on Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 3:55 PM

We're trying to get more details, but a lawsuit was filed today in Pulaski Circuit Court challenging apparently any personal use of state-provided vehicles. This is an expansive suit, beyond just the question of whether the state constitutional officers — who have explicit constitutional pay limitations — violate those limits by getting vehicles for personal use, a fringe taxed as income by the IRS.

I'll be interested to see plaintiffs, lawyer and theory. But there are a wad of state vehicles out there — more than one per employee at Game and Fish last time I checked. Some minor use of a publicly owned car is allowed even by the IRS when it would be inconvenient to do otherwise. But does provision of a car to someone who uses that public property a great deal of the time for strictly private use amount to an illegal exaction of public dollars? Sounds like we may be about to get a judicial answer.

UPDATE: Here's the lawsuit.

Gene Sayre, who has a rich and sometimes successful history of class action illegal exaction suits, is one of the plaintiffs lawyers. This is a direct challenge to practice that has truly become cancerous. The state of course should pay for business travel for its employees. But should it effectively subsidize commuting and other personal vehicle costs? The lawsuit promises to get a state accounting that's needed. It might also cause a little introspection on the part of city and county governments that throw cars around as if they have little value. Named defendants all enjoy use of state cars. The lawsuit notes the state owns more than 8,000 vehicles. Some are truly state vehicles of course — think highway department trucks and state motor pool cars strictly employed for office use. The gray area count will be interesting.

Tags:


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (16)

Showing 1-16 of 16

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-16 of 16

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Arkansas: Land of .......

    Welcome to Arkansas: Land of cowardly politicians, discriminatory laws, inhumane turkey drops and lots and lots of Trump voters.
    • Oct 8, 2016
  • Arkansas legislature rejects bipartisan effort to study race relations

    On Friday, the Arkansas Legislative Council soundly rejected a bipartisan effort by two senators to to create a temporary legislative subcommittee to study race relations in the state.
    • Sep 15, 2017
  • The inspiring Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's campaign for president illustrates again the double standard applied to women. Some writers get it. They even find the supposedly unlikable Clinton inspiring.
    • Oct 16, 2016

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Earth Day open line

    • Netanyahu blasts fake news on police interrogation in corruption case The Israeli prime minister slams…

    • on April 22, 2018
  • Re: Earth Day open line

    • Natalie Portman says to skip Israeli ceremony due to Netanyahu speech. Let me speak for…

    • on April 22, 2018
  • Re: Earth Day open line

    • "...22-Apr 1998 George Williford Boyce Haley, 1952 graduate of the University of Arkansas Law School,…

    • on April 22, 2018
 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation