Steve Bullock Raised the Standard; Tim Fox Took a Raise


Given a bit more time, I’m planning to write a more thorough critique of Tim Fox’s efforts to turn the Attorney General’s office into a campaign office during his first five months as Attorney General, but today I’m just going to focus on a simple, stark difference between the two men. As Attorney General, Steve Bullock refused to accept a small increase in his salary, while Tim Fox accepted an 11.3 per cent pay hike.

As the Missoulian notes:

As attorney general, Bullock was due a 6.4 percent raise in 2011 to bring his salary to $106,099 from $99,712. He declined.

When Fox succeeded Bullock as attorney general in January, he began at the salary of $104,077. That’s less than Bullock’s pay would have been had he taken the raise to $106,099, but more than the $99,712 pay Bullock kept.

That development, plus a hefty raise topping $42,000 for North Dakota’s attorney general, helped boost the Montana attorney general’s salary up to nearly $116,000.

Fox, the lone Montana elected official to get a double-digit percentage increase, is accepting the raise.

It seems Mr. Fox isn’t simply content to waste taxpayer money with ill-advised lawsuits; he’s perfectly willing to get paid more for them.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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