This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 12, 2008- Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt is slated to earn $133,820 this fiscal year (up from $120,087 in 2007); Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich made $155,600 last year.
States provide a comfortable residence in the state capital, the city where the primary business of governing presumably takes place. Citizens pay for the governors' travel costs for official state business. But should citizens also foot the bill for expenses that can fairly be characterized as relating to a lifestyle choice, such as working from a privately owned residence in the executive's hometown, instead of the official office in the capitol?