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Taxpayers pay twice for double-dipping politician

Empower Wisconsin | July 14, 2020   

MADISON — Milwaukee and state taxpayers are getting an expensive twofer with JoCasta Zamarripa, the double-dipping liberal politician.

Zamarripa, who serves as a state representative in the Legislature, was elected in April as the first Latina and openly bisexual member of the Milwaukee Common Council.

Instead of leaving her Assembly seat, the Democrat is pocketing her $53,000 state salary and her even more generous $73,222 annual salary from the city. That is at least until her legislative term expires in January.

There’s no law against holding two political posts, but maybe there ought to be.

As WUWM points out, Zamarripa has been very active in the council’s far left causes in recent months. She is a member of three working committees of the Common Council, one of which is the Community and Economic Development Committee where she serves as the vice chair.

“It is definitely long days and long hours in the Common Council. It has been very stressful for me, personally, and comparing the role that I have now as an alderman to the role that I am finishing up as a state representative, this job is so much harder. I have realized this now,” the double-dipper recently told WUWM.

The question is, is Zamarripa giving short shrift to her legislative district? Maybe. But her left-wing agenda is the same be it local or state government. She’s got time to attack Republicans at either job, it seems.

“We know that the Republicans are looking for any way to roll back or take away powers from the governor [Democrat Tony Evers]. And something important, is for me to stay in my seat and finish up this term to protect the governor’s veto,” Zamarripa told the news outlet.

As WUWM noted, “Zamarripa represents the 8th aldermanic district. It’s a working-class area that has an average household income of $30,000, which is 25% below the average household income of the city.”

Zamarripa defended her two government incomes, pointing to state Rep. Todd Novak, a Republican who also serves as mayor of Dodgeville. That position is part-time, paying about $7,000 per year.

“I think it’s unfair that I’m being criticized or attacked or questioned around this. These men have gone unchecked and continue to serve. But people want them to serve in these two capacities. I am representing and working for my community in these two capacities and only wrapping up my term in the state Assembly. And so I do find it interesting that the question would be pointed towards me, a queer Latina and not these men who have continuously and will continue to go on and represent two different roles as elected official,” she told the news outlet.

It has nothing to do with her sexuality or ethnicity. Taxpayers, understandably, just get a little itchy when they have to pay twice for the same lawmaker. And Zamarripa, who has pushed for bigger government and big tax increases, is no bargain.

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