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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Springtime for legislators ain't dead yet

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 11:23 AM

SPRING FLING: The legislature may have a spring break after all.
  • SPRING FLING: The legislature may have a spring break after all.

I wrote yesterday that resistance had arisen to Sen. Ron Caldwell's resolution — which had broad support in some quarters — to declare a spring break for the legislature March 23-27, to coincide with the spring break for public schools in Arkansas.

Caldwell filed a new resolution today. Now it appears hard-working legislators only want a three-day spring break March 23-25, which would give them with the preceding weekend a five-day holiday. And, hey, if they are nominally working Thursday and Friday of that week, legislative leaders can decree that they still collect the five-day per diem (up to $150 per day) for that week, in keeping with usual custom. $750 for a week with a three-day vacation could easily cover the gas down to Destin and back. Plus some grouper sandwiches and maybe a cold one or three.

Pack those swim trunks and bikinis, boys and girls. There might be a historic legislative spring break after all. You get a spring break, don't you? You also have corporate clients feeding you every day for free, don't you? And I KNOW you got a 150 percent pay raise like legislators are about to get.

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