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first_imgJohn Gregg’s $239,114.64 Issueby ABDUL HAKIM  SHABAZZ f or IndianaForefrontDemocratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg has a problem and it’s worth about $239,114.64.Because by the end of the year, that’s how much taxpayers are estimated to have paid for what basically amounts to free healthcare for Gregg, his wife, his ex-wife and two sons.You see back in 2002, when Gregg was Speaker of the House, he along with then Republican Senate Leader Bob Garton passed legislation giving lawmakers lifetime health care. Yes, lifetime, as in when they left office the taxpayers would still be picking up the tab for most of their health insurance.House Speaker Brian Bosma ended the perk in 2006, but due to legal/constitutional restraints they couldn’t end it retroactively. So the Speaker authored a law saying any lawmaker elected or re-elected after 2006 could no longer get the benefit. A number of them retired. And today, Gregg and about 30 other lawmakers are still receiving it.With respect to Gregg’s family, coverage for his former spouse ended in June 5, 2006. Coverage for his current wife began on March 30, 2013 and coverage for his two sons ended on December 31 of 2015. Those same records also show the House of Representatives paid $202,863.63 in benefits for Gregg and his family through the end of 2015 and is expected to pay another $36,251.01 in 2016.Gregg’s campaign is defending the benefit, arguing it’s not free, but he does pay premiums. Which is true, but they won’t disclose the amount.Luckily you have me.In 2002, a traditional family health insurance plan under the state was $8,993.60. A retiring lawmaker would only pay about $343.67 or 4 percent of the costs. And the law locked in that rate for life any lawmaker who had six years and one day of service. Extrapolate that to today. And assuming Gregg is on the traditional plan, he is paying $1,440, saving about $34k -$36k year. Or that’s what you’re paying for him and his family’s health insurance.Now my Democratic friends say this isn’t an issue because Gregg didn’t do anything illegal and some have even brought up Governor Mike Pence’s salary when he was in Congress. And to be honest, I was surprised Gregg was still on the program. I figured he would have been on his own plan since he was President of Vincennes University at one time and worked for a Fortune 500 company. Regardless, I think my democratic friends’ positions show a fundamental misunderstanding of politics.While voters may not appreciate the subtleties between acquired wealth and deferred compensation, they can sure wrap their arms around any politician (who is supposed to be part-time) writing a law to give him and his family basically free health insurance 14 years after they left office.And if you don’t believe me, just watch the campaign commercials that are likely to come out of all this.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgState rankings …In the two preeminent high school football polls, no Sumner County team graced the top five this week in the rankings. Conway Springs is listed in the “others” in the Kpreps.com in Class 3A but is not listed in the Wichita Eagle poll.Attica-Argonia, fresh off its Class 1A Div. 1 eight man state runner-up finish, is listed in the “others” in the Wichita Eagle, but is not listed in the K-Preps poll.Caldwell is in the “others” in the K-Preps Class 1A Div. II poll, but fails to be listed in the Wichita Eagle.In case you are interested, in Class 4A Div. 1, Andale is ranked No. 2, behind Bishop Miege in both polls. According to K-Preps: “The Stags added safety Djimon Colbert, an Iowa Hawkeye commit, who transferred from Winnetonka, Mo. to a team that beat every opponent by 32 points of more.”No school in Class 4A Div. 1 is winning any state championship in football or basketball as long as the University of Bishop Miege is there.Cross Country news…There is a cross country change of location for the first meet: On Tuesday, September 6 for Wellington’s grades 7-12:The Valley Center meet has been moved this year to The Valley Point Golf Course at 820 N. Emporia.Spectator parking is encouraged to use the south end of the parking lot at the Valley Center Middle School – 800 N. Meridian.Middle school races start at 4 p.m. With the high school starting around 5:15 p.m.Wellington JV tennis results…The Wellington junior varsity girls tennis team opened the season Tuesday and finished fourth out of six teams. Medalist #1 doubles team included Brentasia Cramer and Laken Kimball which finished second place overall with a 2-1 record. Reminder: the Wellington varsity tennis tournament starts tomorrow at Sellers Park at 3 p.m. with Buhler, Conway Springs and Goddard Eisenhower.Schedule this week: Tuesday, Aug. 30WHS:Girls tennis tournament – 3 p.m.Girls volleyball – triangular at Circle with Winfield, 5 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 1WHS:Girls volleyball – freshman quad at Augusta, 5 p.m.WMS:Girls tennis, at Buhler, 3:30 p.m.Football, Haysville, away, 5 p.m.Volleyball: Haysville, away, 5 p.m.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Caldwell at Udall Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Conway Springs at Belle Plaine South Haven at Oxford by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County sports update for Monday Aug. 29…Sumner County football Friday …Friday night football is upon us. Sumner Newscow will be having its “10 things to know about Sumner County Football” preview in the very near future.In the meantime, here are the Sumner County games scheduled for Friday: A&A at Central Burdenlast_img read more

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