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Government shouldn't have to pay 'liaisons' who are simply working as lobbyists for tribes

Jun 23, 2014 - William L. Reyberg, Lander

Editor:

The state legislature and the governor are doing the right thing by cutting out funding for the "tribal liaison" positions. They aren't liaisons at all. What they are is lobbyists for the tribe, pure and simple.

I am not saying there is anything wrong with being a lobbyist, per se. I did contracting work in North Dakota, and our association lobbied the legislature there on some important things.

All I am saying is, if the tribes want to lobby the state legislature, fine. Go ahead and do it. But it shouldn't be a government-funded position.

If they are going to do it this way, then the contractors should ge their own "government liaison" position paid for by the state. The same for the town governments, or the school teachers and the liquor dealers.

Let the tribes hire their own lobbyist and pay for it themselves. Maybe Mrs. Robinson would be the right person for it, I don't know.

By the way, I bet there is enough money in the casinos to hire five lobbyists for each tribe.

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