In spite of the state ban on “double dipping” where state employees collect a paycheck while also collecting a state pension, incoming Republican Senate President Mike Haridopolos (R-Drill-Baby) has announced that he has hired three veteran staffers to come on up to Tallahassee and double-dip anyway!
High unemployment rates? Who cares! He’s the Senate President and you the unemployed are not. Just to rub your nose in it, they’ll all be making six figure salaries too.
Oh, and then there’s this, from the Florida Independent:
Criticism has been leveled against Haridopolos before, most notably for working for the University of Florida as a guest lecturer in their Department of Political Science at a starting salary of $75,000, nearly double the $40,000 average for the position. UF faculty and the Democratic Party of Florida cited his lack of academic credentials or input by faculty prior to his hiring, as well as perceived conflict between his obligations as a state senator and an employee of the university.
That seems to be going around. Does the name Marco Rubio ring a bell? How about Florida International University? They should, to the tune of a salary of $69,000.
Haridopolos has been a busy man firing and hiring before he takes over. I would dare say there won’t be a Democrat within spitting distance of the capitol if he has anything to do with it.
Haridopolos has also become Rick Scott’s new BFF along with the rest of the Republican Party of Florida. Do we really want to let the Republicans keep control of the State of Florida? Cause they’ve done a bang-up job so far. Just look at the numbers. Although if you live here, you have no need to look.
• Terry Rhodes, a 30-year veteran of the Department of Agriculture, who will become a special assistant to the president and staff director of the Committee on Ethics and Elections at a salary of $150,000. She will also collect a state pension of $6,448 a month beginning in April and collected $404,657 in deferred compensation when she retired last April.
• Craig Meyer, a former deputy commissioner of agriculture with 26 years of experience in state government, was hired in June to run a new Senate budget office. Meyer was chief of staff for Senate President Bob Crawford 20 years ago. He’s being paid $155,000 a year. He will also collect a $3,588 pension beginning in April and collected $10,688 in deferred compensation this past April.
• John B. Phelps, former House clerk who retired in 2005 and has been working in the Legislative Research Center and Museum, will become staff director of the Senate Rules Committee. He’ll be paid $139,152, the same salary he has been making doing historical research. He collects a monthly pension of $6,260 and collected deferred compensation totaling $350,482 when he retired in 2005.
Did I mention there’s a state ban on double dipping? Yeah, I thought I had.