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No severance pay for lieutenant governor's staff? Really?

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NO SEVERANCE?: Five months of pay and benefits in an office with no duties sounds like severance to me.
  • NO SEVERANCE?: Five months of pay and benefits in an office with no duties sounds like severance to me.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette quoted Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux this morning as saying there'd be no severance package for the four-person staff of the lieutenant governor's officeAs reported yesterday, they've decided to resign effective June 30.

No severance package?

I'd say six months of pay, health insurance, accrual of retirement benefits for little to no work is the a severance package millions of American's underemployed and unemployed would find attractive. It's been apparent since the start of January 2014 that former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr would be heading for the door on account of misspending of state and campaign money (misspending facilitated by expense voucher submissions by his chief of staff Bruce Campbell.) The already light work of the office had become lighter with Darr's disappearance after the scandal broke. He resigned Feb. 1, when any real work for the office ended.

Lamoureux told me last night that the staff's decision to resign was strictly their own. He said he did not think the issue had become a political liability for Republicans. He also said none of the four as yet have jobs, state or otherwise, lined up.


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