Legislators and governors cannot control themselves, making deals and giving cronies sinecures at the taxpayers' expense.
The Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, last week appointed termed-out Sen. Denise Ducheny to the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. The post pays a sweet $128,109. The board meets once, maybe twice, a month and is stacked with other former lawmakers.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who promised to blow up the boxes, earlier named former Assembly Republicans Bonnie Garcia, George Plescia and Sharon Runner to the unemployment appeals board.
This board cannot be justified, not when the state faces red ink for as far as the eye can see. Civil servants could carry out the duties every bit as well as termed-out legislators.
Schwarzenegger last week bestowed appointments on two of his allies, former Assembly members Anthony Adams, R-Hesperia, and Mike Villines, R-Fresno.
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