Terri McCormick, perk seeker
State Representative Terri McCormick is on an open records mission to seek out the salary histories, perquisites, per diems and expenses paid, and travel reimbursements to all legislative staff from 2001 to the present.
Now, you might think this is a desparate campaign move to find something – anything – embarrassing on Speaker John Gard (R-Peshtigo) that she can use in the congressional (WI-8) primary against him. After all, at this point she’s a candidate in name only.
No, the Recess Supervisor discovers, the truth is much more simple and sad,
Dear Assembly Legislators and Staff Members,
I would like to clarify the request placed with the Assembly Chief Clerk on February 28, 2006. My verbal inquiry with the Chief Clerk was of a general nature.
The request was to evaluate why my office was denied a 2nd staff person during my 2nd term in the legislature as the Chair of Economic Development. It was also to request the personnel policy so that I knew when pay raises and other matters could be resolved.
The Recess Supervisor responds,
Assembly staff haven’t gotten a cost of living adjustment in about five years. They help pay for their health care now as well. The people who get all the perks – per diem, mileage, junkets to resorts to hang with lobbyists – they’re called legislators. Rep. McCormick might know that if her staff situation looked less like a merry-go-round.