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What are friends for? Lamoureux kills bill to cut spending on lt. governor's staff

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BRUCE MALOCH: Tries but fails to bring budget discipline to Republican bureaucracy.
  • BRUCE MALOCH: Tries but fails to bring budget discipline to Republican bureaucracy.
David Ramsey reports that Senate President Michael Lamoureux has killed the effort by Sen. Bruce Maloch to curb spending on the lieutenant governor's office staff. We'll apparently continue to employ $267,000 a year on people with nothing to do because they are political cronies of Lamoureux

Maloch made no effort to cut any of the four-member staff's pay or benefit through July 1. But he proposed a cut in   the $267,000 payroll to enough for one person in the final six months of the calendar year. A successor will be elected to take office in January 2015.

Lamoureux  has killed the bill, marooning it in committee. No other Republican is making a peep, probably because a trusted GOP hack, Bruce Campbell, who knocks down $75,000 a year, is father-in-law of Republican Joint Budget Co-Chair Duncan Baird and a long feeder at the Republican patronage trough. A member of a Saline County Republican family, Josh Curtis, also holds down a $51,000 job.

Lamoureux takes care of his own. He at least did support the private option for health insurance for working people. They make a good bit less than the $16 to $37.50 an hour the dead wood in the lieutenant governor's office makes. And they have a well-subsidized state insurance policy, including a no co-pay option, another fringe Republicans find too luxurious for poor people.

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