GOP Lawmaker Criticizes Dipping Into State Pensions

State Rep. Kenneth Sheets, R-Dallas, has become the first GOP lawmaker to openly disparage other elected officials for collecting a state pension while receiving a government salary for their elected position, a practice that received notoriety after reports came out that Gov. Rick Perry officially retired to boost his take-home pay.

“It becomes an issue when you are a current elected official that is drawing a state employee pension while receiving a salary as an elected official,” Sheets wrote in an email Wednesday to The Texas Tribune. He was responding to a follow-up question on why he believed it was ...

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