A Dollar here and a Dollar there

and pretty soon you're talking real conflict of interest [emphasis mine].

State agencies defended their use of personal services contracts to a panel of lawmakers Monday, saying they need the flexibility to hire workers with special skills who would not consider becoming permanent state employees.
Lorrie Dollar, chief operating officer at the state Department of Public Safety, said the agency needs the contracts to pay dentists, doctors and other medical personnel who wouldn’t work full-time in prisons for wages below what they’d make in the public sector.
Dollar’s husband, Rep. Nelson Dollar of Cary, sits on the legislative committee that on Monday considered stricter rules for personal services contracts.

His was the sole vote against drafting legislation that would clamp down on such contracts and require all executive branch agencies to use the state temp service, called Temporary Solutions, for short-term hires.

Yeah, OK, we get it...if Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. But gee, Nelson, voting to continue wasting taxpayer $ with no accountability just because it makes your wife's life a little easier and less accountable? Maybe you should've sat this one out.



How is it

that it's permissible for a public employee to have effective oversight over his public employee spouse?

(And isn't it fascinating that small-government, anti-tax Nelson Dollar sidles up to the public trough right next to his wife?)

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014