Those Poor Hard Working Legislators
Contrary to some meanies out there, I sure do understand why our distinguished legislators voted themselves a 62% pay raise. These guys and gals were working hard for little or no pay. I mean, take good ol’ Representative Ken Guin (D-14) as an example. Can you blame him for voting to increase his salary as a legislator when the old salary was such a pittance that it forced him to do side jobs like this:
Alabama House Majority Leader Ken Guin, who receives paychecks from two community colleges totaling $98,398 a year, often submitted the same work reports to both schools and made reference to his state legislative business in some work summaries, records show. . . .
Guin, a state House of Representatives member from Carbon Hill, receives $49,677 a year from Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa and $48,721 from Bevill State Community College in Sumiton.
Officials at Shelton State recently said they are not sure what Guin did for his salary.
“College personnel interviewed by the committee indicate that this person has no office on campus, does not regularly appear at the campus and is of limited service to the college,” according to a report drafted by an investigative team sent to Shelton State by Thomas Corts when he was interim chancellor.
Bevill State President Harold Wade said he is satisfied with the work Guin has done since hiring him in 1999.
“If I wasn’t, I wouldn’t have him,” Wade said. “He saved us a lot of money and has gotten us a lot of money, both as an attorney and as a lobbying effort. He brings many more thousands of dollars than what we pay him.”
What a work ethic this guy has! He’s not just a legislator, but a lobbyist at the same time. Now that’s multi-tasking. Multi-billing, too: He got the two colleges to each pay him for the same piece of work. And who says no man can serve two masters? Ol’ Kenny boy was keeping both colleges satisfied while at the same time convincing voters he actually served them.
Well, thank goodness he got himself that big raise. Now he won’t have to
whore his office out exhaust himself like that anymore.
Update: The B’ham News editorializes on “Ken Guin the Bedouin“