Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Reminder: Pence Took $1.97 million in Salary; Sponsored No Enacted Legislation in Congress

Governor Mike Pence
My friend Abdul-Hakim Shabazz published a report on his Indy Politics website yesterday that stated the Democratic nominee for Governor John Gregg has received $200,000 in health care from the state of Indiana through a pension plan enacted while he was Speaker of the House.

The plan has since been dropped by the General Assembly, but Gregg is apparently one of two dozen or so former legislators that continues to draw from the fund.  The others were not named.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette published an article on essentially the same topic.  It will be up to the voters to determine if this makes a difference because you can bet the Republican Governors Association is coming off the top rope with this one in their next negative ad.

Gregg's campaign essentially says what I say telling the Journal Gazette that this was an insurance plan available at the time Gregg left the House.  It was passed in a bi-partisan manner, and he took it.

I'd just like to point this out.

Mike Pence went to Congress in 2001.  Below are his salary amounts (without any possible extras for his benefits or his leadership roles).

2001 $145,100
2002 $150,000
2003 $154,700
2004 $158,100
2005 $162,100
2006 $165,700
2007 $165,700
2008 $169,300
2009 $174,000
2010 $174,000
2011 $174,000
2012 $174,000
Total: $1,966,700

Number of bills Mike Pence sponsored, 2001-2012: 63
Number of bills Mike Pence sponsored that were passed into law: 0

Now, I'm not saying he didn't do anything in Congress.  I'm sure Pence did constituent services and other things to earn some of that money.  He may have even worked hard.  I'm just saying...0 for 63 on a $1.97 million investment.  Pence also missed over five percent of the votes.  According to GovTrack, that's "much higher" than the median of 2.6 percent over the lifetime of a representative,

Combined with Pence's abysmal record as Governor and penchant for pushing the wrong issues, it kind of puts John Gregg's insurance issue in perspective.

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