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Politicians' Second Jobs: Should They be Allowed to Keep Them?
Politicians often need a second income to meet the needs of their household.
In the U.S.,
only 10 of 50 states
pay legislators enough to make a living, according to a 2017 report by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
When a politician eventually leaves office, they may be at a disadvantage in the private sector job market. Having a second job while in office ensures they will be prepared for retirement from public service.
Running for office
can be incredibly expensive
. Very little funding is provided publicly so most campaigns are funded out of the pocket of the person running. A second income would mean more people can remain financially stable while running for office.
Running for office might mean a
for otherwise committed and highly qualified professionals. Allowing these candidates to earn extra income means that the best people are not discouraged from entering politics.
Being a politician can be stressful enough given the many responsibilities that come with holding political office. The added stress of struggling to fulfill the needs of their family can compromise a politician's ability to represent constituents effectively.
Politicians' salaries are already too high.