It looks like the folks in the Commonwealth of Virginia haven’t been reading much about the scandal surrounding Mary Easley’s 88 percent pay hike from N.C. State in 2005, which brought her annual salary to $170,000.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that the College of William and Mary pays current Republican state Senator Tommy Norment $160,000 for teaching two courses as a part-time faculty member.
Norment is the Senate Minority Leader and the senior member of the Finance Committee that writes the budget and determines the funding for public universities like William and Mary.
College officials and Norment don’t see anything wrong wth the arrangement, saying his work in the legislature doesn’t have anything to do with his pay and that he provides good learning opportunities for students.
The latter is certainly true. They are definitely learning how money and politics work.