WSMV in Nashville has a breaking story about how Speaker Naifeh's driver earns
$27,000 in overtime. According to the report by Dennis Ferrier: "Last year,
Gamblin made a total of $92,000 driving Tennessee Speaker of the House Jimmy
Naifeh. That overtime is more than the salary of the Director of the Department
In the story, Speaker Naifeh is quoted as saying "Well, I work long hours. I'm
here at the office before 6:30am when we're in session, and I go into the
evening meeting with members. I have 99 members of the house that I try to
communicate with on a regular basis."
Well, I can testify that he doesn't communicate with me on a regular basis so make that 98 members.
I don't think the taxpayers should be paying for his "evening meetings" either as
he calls them. Driving him to receptions, and more importantly home from
receptions, should not be something the taxpayers are responsible for.
We hear we don't have enough money in the state legislature, but here is another
example of where the money we have--money earned by Tennesseans-- is being
wasted. I can't wait to see Wilders account.I hope someone checks into their other staff as well.
To read or watch the full story, go to http://www.wsmv.com