In the case of Craig Eiland, a state representative from Galveston, he’s had the payroll a former Democratic legislator named Zeb Zbranek. For ol’ Zeb it’s a sweet deal – he’s “on call” to help Craig out with constituent services, for $300 per month. How much “on call” does that buy? Apparently enough for the incumbent to count his predecessor as a “full-time” employee.

The real travesty here is not that Zeb gets cash the $300 a month for doing, basically, zilch. No, the real offense is that Zeb is accruing snazzy benefits like that state employee health insurance… And he is adding to his state retirement. So he served a few years in the Lege (a part-time gig), but by being on Eiland’s “full-time” employment list, he keeps racking up years of service – with a massive pay-out.

You and I will be paying for Zeb’s luxuries for many years to come. The $300 salary sounds frugal, but for taxpayers, the price is wrong.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."

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