Bill to Ban “Double-Dipping” By State Officials Dies in Legislature

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In case our readers were wondering – Rep. Chris Turner's bill to ban “double dipping” got a hearing but never got out of the House Pensions Committee. Apparently, the Republican-controlled committee didn't consider preventing state officials from collecting retirement while still working important. The ridiculous loophole gained national attention when in December 2011, Rick Perry invoked the provision to increase his take-home pay by more than $90,000 per year.

“At this Capitol we frequently tout Texas as a national example for fiscal responsibility. This legislation helps us make that case more credibly, I think, by barring elected officials from being paid twice by our state taxpayers for one job,” Rep. Turner when the bill received a hearing. “It's situations such as this – collecting a pension without retiring – that makes Texans cynical about politics and angry that politicians could ever receive such a lucrative perk that most families could never dream of for themselves.”

It's also our Legislature's unwillingness to pass common-sense legislation like this that makes Texans cynical.

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it affects every other issue in American politics. He is currently on leave for the election season.

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