State Sen. Doug Ericksen is earning a $161k salary at the EPA, reports say

Sen. Doug Ericksen’s job with the Environmental Protection Agency has been the source of controversy in the state.

He’s argued that working full-time for the EPA and state legislature is legal, since his EPA position is temporary. He takes in a salary at the Statehouse for his work as a senator, but said he’s not accepting a per diem payment, according to reporting from The Bellingham Herald. He also said that working for the EPA is serving his constituency. But critics argue he’s not spending enough time in Washington state, that he’s missing too many committee meetings and votes.

Organizations sought information about his salary through a Freedom of Information Act request. Since he’s a public employee, how much he makes is public information. And he’s making about $161,000 with the EPA.

An OPB and EarthFix reporter shared the documents obtained through a FOIA request:

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