Have all legislators reported 'expense' income? | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Have all legislators reported 'expense' income?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 12:03 PM

As you know, a settlement of the Arkansas Public Law Center lawsuit over legislative expense payments was approved yesterday by Judge Chris Piazza. I was a plaintiff in the suit and I'm a board member of the nonprofit organization.

This should end the practice of legislators inventing personal LLCs and consulting companies and the like to submit undocumented bills for pay enhancements. As the Law Center's news release noted, our interest was future accountability, not exacting a pound of flesh out of legislators, who, with few exceptions, abused the expense process for extra money. We sought no repayment of past expense payments.

But a correspondent notes that legislators have other loose ends highlighted by the settlement, in which the named defendants — and by extension dozens of others — admitted the payments amounted to unconstitufional pay enhancements.

1) Did all legislators who received payments through LLCs, consulting companies and the like, report that income on their annual statements of financial interest? I can tell you from a quick look that many did not. Remember, the state paid those consulting companies and the companies in turn reimbursed the legislators. Wink, wink.

2) Did all legislators who received these payments report them as taxable income to state and federal tax collectors? That's something only they and their accountants know.

Tags: , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Where's the outrage?

    Am I the only person, apart from federal prosecutors, outraged about the criminal enterprise that inveigled itself into a privileged position as an Arkansas taxpayer-financed human services provider to the tune, today, of $43 million a year?
    • Jun 21, 2018
  • Where's the outrage?

    • Jun 21, 2018
  • Rutledge opponent hits her socializing with corporate interests

    Mike Lee, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, has criticized Attorney General Leslie Rutledge over recent reports of her participation at private meetings where corporate interests make big contributions to a political group she heads for access to state legal officers.
    • Jun 21, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel applauds Trump's EPA choice of climate change denier Scott Pruitt

    Dustin McDaniel gives the thumbs up to a man set to dismantle EPA regulations.
    • Dec 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
  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

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