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Ex-Treasurer Andy Dillon Paid $174K Salary To Advise

LANSING (WWJ/AP) - More than two months after resigning from his job as Michigan treasurer, Andy Dillon is still pulling down the same salary in a different role.

Andy Dillon announced his resignation in October, and he's now serving as senior adviser to current state treasurer Kevin Clinton.  At that time, Gov. Rick Snyder said Dillon would assist the incoming treasurer, but planned pay wasn't detailed.

Dillon is being paid about $174,000 a year — the same salary he received when he was treasurer.

State Democrats believe Michiganders should be reimbursed.

"Maybe in Rick Snyder's world it's okay to pay people not to work while giving outrageous bonuses to investment fund managers, but that's not the Michigan way," said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson in a media release. "Rick Snyder and Andy Dillon should repay taxpayers for the money that Dillon was paid not to work. The people of Michigan have a right to expect that taxpayer resources will be used to build a stronger middle class, not to pay off political cronies."

According to Treasury spokesman Terry Stanton, Dillon helps Clinton with transition issues and has been working on local government fiscal issues. Stanton said Dillon started serving as senior adviser Nov. 1 and is expected to finish his assignment in four to six weeks.

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