Bill has been filed to limit severance packages to departing state employees to six months’ pay and benefits in public money. Call it the Lu Hardin bill, a reaction to his million-dollar parachute from UCA.

Funny thing. Sponsors include Sen. Gilbert Baker, a friend of Hardin, beneficiary of favors from Hardin. He was conspicuously and determinedly silent about UCA matters during his hot election campaign last year.

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Now he speaks up. After the cash has left the vault.

SPEAKING OF GOLDEN PARACHUTES: How about that deal for the recently departed Tyson Foods chief — 10 years of “consulting payments,” at the rate of $3,000/hour the first five years, cell phone, Benz, corporate jet, bennies.

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