No retirement plan for former governors
People who wish to contribute to a Gov. Guy Hunt fund should organize and give the ailing former governor financial assistance.
Gov. Bob Riley’s views on appointing Mr. Hunt a governor’s councilor are solid. He says Mr. Hunt has never been in position to work for the $18,000-a-year position. He thinks a former governor should earn the salary.
Certainly, Mr. Hunt has fallen on hard times since leaving office in 1993 after his conviction on an ethics violation for converting inaugural funds to his personal use. Never successful with personal finances, Mr. Hunt found it even more difficult to make a living after leaving office in disgrace. His wife Helen died in 2004, the year doctors diagnosed him with lung cancer. He has since re-married.
Senators, if not House members, wish to make the appointment automatic and double the pay to $36,000, and to $14,400 for a widow.
This would establish a retirement plan for Alabama governors and their widows, something the state doesn’t need, and could become an entrée for legislators to create a long-sought retirement plan for themselves.
Gov. Hunt apparently needs financial help, but it shouldn’t come from the state. There are enough generous Alabamians to help him meet his bills.