You might already have heard by now that State Treasurer Dennis Milligan is catching heat from some for some (shall we say) “questionable” expenditures having to do with the office’s interior design and Christmas spirit.
All in all, according to KATV, Milligan’s office has spent more than $56,000 on office redecorating and and approximately $2,500 for Christmas decorations.
One of Milligan’s decisions that taxpayers are actually getting a good deal on is the employment of Grant Wallace as Milligan’s spokesman. I’ve been in journalism in a variety of print and online roles for about five years now, and I must say that he’s one of the most honest flacks I’ve ever come across. Now, honesty is about as useful a virtue in public relations as chastity is in prostitution, but I’ve still got to give credit where credit is due.
Milligan refused to talk to KATV about why he’d turned the Treasurer’s Office into a taxpayer-funded episode of Trading Spaces, so he generously allowed Wallace to take his place in an interview with KATV. In that interview, Wallace blessed the viewing audience with the following P.R. gems that will be studied by Communications majors for years to come.
On whether the over $50,000 in interior design costs might be seen as excessive by some, Wallace said:
On why didn’t the Treasurer purchase a cheaper couch, Wallace replied:
I don’t know.
On why taxpayers are footing the bill for approximately $5,000 in snacks and drinks for State Treasurer employees:
Things like that probably do need to get in check.
For completely failing (and sometimes not even trying) to defend his boss’s indefensible spending habits, we salute Grant Wallace by giving him the inaugural Arkansas Project State Government Employee of the Week award.
P.S.: In other news today, the Senate Revenue and Tax Committee passed Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s highway funding plan today by voice vote. It will be voted on by the full Senate on Monday.