Bankrolling Florida’s Lt. Governor, Jeff Kottkamp, is a rather expensive task. We’ve already discussed the $400,000 + that Florida taxpayers spent flying the Lt. Governor to and from Ft. Myers (every other day, apparently) during his first two years in office, but there’s more. When he’s not flying, the Lt. Governor prefers to drive. Well, let’s rephrase that. The Lt. Governor does not drive, he is driven. (It’s much more difficult to comb a mustache when you are at the wheel.) And, how much does it cost Florida taxpayers to have the Lt. Governor driven around?
For starters, his assigned patrolman billed $62,000 in travel expenses over the past two years—this on top of his $74,000 annual salary and, of course, does not include benefits. And, while we would never fault the trooper over his assignment, it is rather interesting that while his base station is Tallahassee, he owns a home in Ft. Myers. Yet, because Tallahassee is his “home station,” he is able to legally claim up to $80 a day in “per diem” while in Ft. Myers with the Lt. Governor. Now, bear in mind that the Lt. Governor seems to spend more time in Ft. Myers than Tallahassee and you will start to understand why guarding the Lt. Governor is so expensive.
If we are cutting educational funding for our children and slicing healthcare funding for the state’s most needy citizens, everything needs to be on the table. Which means that Floridians really need to ask the question—does the state really need a Lt. Governor?