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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

What is his salary? Is his State position a full time job? What are his duties? I'm sure that there are many people who are paid by the State in various capacities because keeping them on retainer is cheaper than paying full price when they are needed. However, paying someone a full salary should also require that he give full time to that job. Before deciding whether he is "double-dipping", it would be nice to have all the pertinent information.

Wyatt Frampton
Salt Lake City / Salt Lake, UT

Dr. King is supposed to work full time (40 hours a week or 80 hours every two weeks) and he is paid $141,950 which includes salary and benefits. He is also provided a vehicle (Ford Expedition) in which the citizens of Utah pay fuel and maintenance costs for his drive from Axtell to Salt Lake City. It is a 140 miles from Axtell to Salt Lake City for those that are wondering.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

It looks like Wyatt Frampton has made a solid case against Dr. King.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Although business often brags about being better than government, they often cry foul when government can provide services at less cost. Since I assume that the state veterinarian is charging the going rate when performing private services, I also assume that writer's motive is to reduce the number of veterinarians.

Practice what you preach, if you don't like your job and it rewards, quit, and do something else. Let a free market work.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

On second thought, maybe it would be better for all people in government to exit the business world. If we could get business people out of government we could actually have government for the people by the people.

Martin Blank
Salt Lake City, UT

Interesting to see our favorite "keep the government out of our business" commenter advocating for legislation that affects exactly one person in Utah government. And as long as Dr. King actually puts in 40 hours per week, where do we get off telling him he can't work more hours at his chosen profession? Do we--should we--pass laws to keep cops from moonlighting as bouncers and security guards? Or school teachers as private tutors? If Dr. King isn't meeting his contractual obligations, there are other ways to rectify that situation, including canceling the contract. Seems an overreaction to write a law about it.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I don't see why being employed by the government (as a vet) should disqualify him from doing any other work.

He shouldn't be able to use his government office or contract as a competitive advantage, but I don't see how being the State vet would give him an advantage in his private practice. I wouldn't go to a vet just because he's the State Vet.

Most Legislators have other careers/jobs... why can't the State Vet have a job outside his government job? Lots of people work more than one job.

J Thompson
SPRINGVILLE, UT

Should those who work for the State be allowed to compete directly with those who are in the private sector? Are there other veterinarians in the Gunnison area? Does the fact that Dr. King receives a fairly substantial salary as the State Veterinarian allow him to under-price other veterinarians in the area? Would it be fair to everyone if Dr. King was restricted from handling any veterinarian business except when no other veterinarian was available? Should the State Veterinian be required to add a surcharge to his private patient bills to offset the normal and customary costs that private sector vets have to pay as part of their business expenses?

It seems prudent that when someone has been hired by the State that he would voluntarily restrict any "outside" work while he is employed. It would also seem prudent that the State would bill for his services directly at the State's usual and customary rate and that he would not receive extra compensation for performing those services.

No one is forced to work for government. No government employee should compete against non-government businesses.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

So.. should teachers (State employees) not be able to have a second job? Not even in the summer?

Should police officers not be allowed to moonlight at other jobs?

As long as he's not using State resources in his second job, I don't see why he should be restricted.

It's not like his state job gives him any advantage as a vet. What advantage does it give him?

If he used the state car or other state equipment in his other business or something that would be different and obviously already prohibited. Just like a police officer can't use his car for private business.

Grover
Salt Lake City, UT

Should attorneys within the office of the Attorney General be allowed to take cases on the side on their own time?? Hey, why not, what could possibly be the problem with that??

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