Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee, has signed an executive order that eliminates a requirement for the governor and top aides to disclose how much they earn. Now isn’t that nice. Government officials (at the very least this one), the ones working for us, the ones who’s salaries we pay, don’t feel its any of our business to know how much money they make. Sounds kind of shady to me. While the officials are still required to disclose the sources of their income they will no longer be required to make any mention as to how much it was. Why would he want to do that?
Turns out Mr. Haslam earns money from a national truck stop chain, Pilot ($20 billion annual revenue), and during his campaign, was criticized for refusing to say how much he earned from them.
Just as I was saying back in December, this is the kind of weaselly move that I wish could just be done away with. By eliminating the need of campaign contributions the officials’ priorities could be shifted back to the citizens. That’s never going to happen if this kind of behavior is tolerated.