A legitimate question has been asked regarding the absentee Indiana House Democrats. If their pay is being docked because they have unexcused absences at the legislature, does that same rule apply for those who work for other units of government?
According to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Directory, the following State Reps hold the following positions…
Kreg Battles, chemistry teacher, local public school
Pat Bauer, IVY Tech
Bill Crawford, IVY Tech
Craig Fry, IVY Tech
Phil GiaQuitna, City of Fort Wayne (Utilities)
Terry Goodin, public school superintendent
Earl Harris, Fixed Asset manager, Administration, East Chicago Schools
Sheila Klinker, liason for education school at Purdue University
Matt Pierce, visiting professor, Indiana University
Greg Porter, Vice-President, External Affairs,Health and Hospital Corporation
Vernon Smith, professor of Education, IU Northwest
For the record, I’m an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech as well. I know some lawmakers get an excused absence from work when they come to the statehouse and some forgo their pay as well. I know House Democrats have made it clear they are not taking per diem, but I think the ones who work for other units of government might want to clarify to the taxpayers if they’re foregoing their other salaries as well since their absences from the Statehouse are unexcused.