Regarding the Jan. 6 news article “ Wake to bring new muscle to lobbying”: Wake County will pay a former county manager and state senator $100,000 to lobby in the General Assembly. The lobbyist, Richard Stevens, spent 16 years working for the county and 10 years in the legislature. It is also going to pay $110,000 for an “intergovernmental relations manager.”
In other words, our elected commissioners will use taxpayer money to pay a former elected official to persuade current elected officials to give more taxpayer money, including money from people in other counties, to Wake. Does that seem right? Isn’t that what we elect commissioners to do?
This redistribution of our tax money within the governing class is a prime example of the revolving-door politics pervading all levels of government. One commissioner’s comments illustrated this illogical thinking. Jessica Holmes said that education was a priority and wants the county to request a statewide raise in teacher pay.
Why didn’t any commissioner suggest using the $200,000 for education? Or one of the other programs local official are always complaining don’t get sufficient funding from the state?
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They could even have done something really radical and returned the money to the hard-working people who earned it.
Communications director, Libertarian Party of North Carolina, Cary