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.