The JS reports today that Alberta Darling is going to give up her more than $45,000 in sick pay. Most lawmakers don't claim sick days, and the accumulated sick leave can be used to buy health insurance when the legislators leave office.
"It's not right, so I'm not going to be taking it," she said.
What the JS doesn't mention, but probably should have: State Rep. Sheldon Wasserman (D-Milwaukee), the leading opponent of the current state of the legislative sick leave benefit, is looking to challenge Darling for her seat in 2008. If Darling didn't return the money, Wasserman would have been able to use that against her in the campaign. He still may able to draw attention to how long it took her to return the money, but the issue loses a lot of its oomph once that cash is back in the state's hands.