GOVERNOR’S NEW “CODE OF CONDUCT” CONTAINS SOME SENSIBLE REFORMS
|| By FITSNEWS || We don’t say it often, but S.C. governor Nikki Haley deserves credit …
Haley has instituted a new “code of conduct” for state employees (well, those in her cabinet) banning them from using social media during working hours. The ban includes – but is not limited to – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Wait … isn’t that a repression of free speech? Um, no. Government employees are free to express themselves to their hearts’ content prior to 9:00 a.m., during their lunch break and after 5:00 p.m. (a.k.a. the times of the day taxpayers aren’t paying them to work).
What will the vast majority of state employees do now? Good question …
Haley’s new code of conduct also bans state employees from using government resources to advance their personal businesses – something that’s been a problem in her administration in the past – and imposes new restrictions on which jobs employees can take after they leave state agencies. The goal of these new employment restrictions? Prohibiting “pay-to-play” contract awards in which employees steer lucrative deals to specific firms – and then take employment with those firms as a reward.
Don’t get us wrong: Haley has zero credibility herself when it comes to ethics reform (and she will likely continue to spend a disproportionate amount of her time on social media), but that doesn’t change the fact these are worthwhile ideas – which ought to be applied to all state employees.
Now if only we could get Haley to embrace the notion of fewer state employees (performing only core government functions) … then maybe we’d be getting someplace.
— Beachtiger0412 (@beachtiger0412) January 26, 2015