I read everyday about the Indiana budget and how education, salaries, social programs, etc. must be trimmed in order to ward off the state’s financial problems. So what does the Little Napoleon do?
Here is the release in the Journal-Gazette:
Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, sent out a statement Friday touting what his chamber is doing to rein in spending after Gov. Mitch Daniels announced spending cuts.
Among the efforts was continuing its “current hiring freeze.”
But less than 10 minutes later another release from Long appeared – this one welcoming a new policy analyst.
So much for that hiring freeze.
Senate officials later defended the hire as essential to the operation of the chamber.
So, while David Long was busy touting the “current” efforts of the state senate to “hold the line”, his party boss had already jumped the line to favor the Republican-controlled senate with a new employee as a GOP policy analyst. To top it off, though, here is how the entire incident is explained:
Scott Minier, communications director for the Senate GOP, said there was no conflict. The freeze, he said, applied to “non-essential, noncritical and new positions.” A policy analyst, he said, is essential.
And what does the new, totally essential employee get as compensation while others are seeing freezes and cuts? Why, a mere $90,000.