Archive for Monday, September 12, 2011

State Rep. Tom Sloan named to FCC advisory panel

September 12, 2011


— State Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, has been appointed by Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski to an advisory panel.

The Intergovernmental Advisory Committee provides advice and information to the FCC on a broad range of telecommunications issues.

“This appointment will help me promote making high-speed Internet service available to every Kansan so that the benefits of telemedicine, e-government, distance education and access to the world can be enjoyed by all,” said Sloan. “It is significant that a state legislator from a largely rural state has an opportunity to influence federal telecommunications policies,” he said.

Sloan said no federal or state government funds will be used to reimburse him for his travel to IAC meetings in Washington, D.C.


wastewatcher 6 years, 8 months ago

No state or federal funds to pay expenses??? Why don't Rep. Sloan tell us how his expenses will be paid? Will they be paid by the telco and cable ompanies that the FCC regulates Rep. Sloan please answer the question.

chootspa 6 years, 8 months ago

That's a good question. I like Tom Sloan generally, but I'd like to hear that he's funding this personally and not getting it as a perk from telcos.

happyrock 6 years, 8 months ago

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GovJunkie 6 years, 8 months ago

And the answer is... campaign funds! Legislators routinely fund extra-curricular travel and entertainment through excess campaign funds... which, of course are funded by various interest groups... Gj

wastewatcher 6 years, 8 months ago

Thank you CHOOTSPA. Lets not speculate on how Rep. Sloan will pay his bills, lets all challenge the journalists to get an answer and then follow up to see that the answer is true for as long as the appointment lasts.

Alceste 6 years, 8 months ago

Let us not forget that Rep. Sloan has arranged for one big, fat retirement check from his "work" with the Kansas Legislature. Yup, Tom Sloan's gonna get paid when he's done helping all of us as he toils away in Topeka. He signed up for the "pay me later" club. Here is how Rep. Sloan's retirement benefit from the Legislature is calculated:

And, did everyone know that our ever so dedicated Legislators in Topeka participate in KPERS, too? After all, they're state workers also. But, guess what? These legislators set up a very special system for how they get their KPERS benefits. Here it is in a nutshell:

Legislators have given themselves one heck of a sweetheart deal in how their own KPERS benefits are calculated. 372 days in a year! Leave it to a political hack to figure that one out!

For the legislator listing all income - the daily rate, subsistence and allowance - this is how annualization is calculated:

•$88.66 (daily rate) x 31 (days) x 12 (months) = $32,981.52

•$123 (subsistence) x 31 (days) x 12 (months) = $45,756

•$7,083 non-session allowance.

Altogether, that equals $85,820.52, and that's the pay figure that would be used for that legislator retiring now.

The Senate president and House speaker are at the top of the pay scale, and annualized pay for those posts could be as high as $99,859.74, depending on their enrollment choices.

This guy Morris who is the President of the Kansas Senate has even been quoted as saying he deserves that kind of KPERS benefit because he is so underpaid!!! Man, this is some amusing stuff!!! Aren't legislators supposed to be servants of the people? Isn't the common thinking that people run for office, not to get rich, but to serve? We sure do think stupid real good like in this state: The people who do the day to day work which make Kansas run have their KPERS figured one way.....and the galoots who pose for 3 months a year as "legislators" get to figure their KPERS benefit in a totally different the point where they've invented a new calendar: 372 days in a year and they work each and every one of them!! Woo Hoo!!!

In calendar year 2010, employer contributions for legislators in KPERS slightly topped $900,000.

A legislator retiring with an annualized pay of $85,820.52, and with 10 years' service, would have an annual KPERS benefit of $15,018.60, for a monthly benefit of $1,251.55, according to KPERS. If the retiring legislator had 20 years' service, the annual benefit would be $30,037.20, and monthly, $2,503.10.

A state social services worker in a supervisory role retired in 1995 after 15 years and draws a monthly KPERS benefit of $524. That is equal to the monthly benefit for a county-level commercial appraiser who retired at 65, vested at nine years with KPERS.

It's for the children, you know.

372 days in a year. With that kind of math, God forbid what a fool will "consult" about with respect to FCC matters. Maybe the speed of light can get fixed?

chootspa 6 years, 8 months ago

Yes, we get it. You don't like the KPERS perks. Let's talk about the topic at hand, please.

Alceste 6 years, 8 months ago

Do you like it, chootspa?

For me, they are hand in hand; fist in glove; two peas in a is no different from the other.

Both underscore the corruption and greed that permeate the "political landscape" by those who have hijacked our government processes; our religions to get elected; dividing our country into colors; and still leaving our peoples neglected; our collective senses of "fair play" distorted beyond recognition, etc., etc., etc., etc. To focus on one when there's another right there staring you in face plays right into what THEY want you to do.....remain ignorant and complacent.

"Don't need no more lies," quoting Neil Young. "No more Mission Accomplished".

People like Sloan and his compatriots led us into a couple of wars. They've abused the power we've given them; shipped our money out the door. Fit the facts to fix their own stories.

Mike Ford 6 years, 8 months ago

dumblicans griping about rinos who actually do something...I actually remember when people like Tom Sloan did something other than say no and act crazy...

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