HPR also reports that the Senate GOP had a series of stormy caucuses last week because of the issue. HPR attributes the recent announcement of Rep. Bob Hoffman (R-Connsersville) that he intends to resign as a lawmaker to House Speaker Brian Bosma's announcement that he intends to end the benefit for House members. HPR adds:
Sources tell HPR that Senate members of both parties are livid at both Bosma and Senate President Pro Tempore Robert Garton: Bosma for wanting to pull the plug on the program, and Garton for his role in fashioning the luxury perk that even covers ex-spouses.
As to the potential cost of the benefit, HPR notes that Senate President Pro Tem Bob Garton told the Evansville Courier & Press that "he has actuarial data on the potential cost of the program, said to range anywhere from hundreds of millions to $1 billion, but refused to share that information [with the public]."
These lawmakers had better wise up to the fact that the public is not going to accept any explanation for what Kittle accurately calls an "unacceptable perk." A fed up public will be all too willing to bring about many more unplanned retirements.