Wright apparently misspoke when he described a Springfield fee office agent making more than $1 million a year. That flub drew the immediate wrath of Department of Revenue boss Trish Vincent. The DoR website now features a blast against the Republican reformers and says their plan is "incomplete and uninformed." The harshness goes on:
In one of the most grievous misstatements made today about contract offices, it was asserted by Rep. Mark Wright (R, Springfield) that one contract agent made more than $1 million a year. This is clearly not accurate. The old state run Springfield office did collect close to $1 million in fees, but this is a gross number and would not account for the costs to operate an office. Under this administration’s improvements, the office has actually been divided into three separate branches, providing service across the metro area. Office hours and the state’s assistance hotline hours have also been expanded to make conducting business with the department easier for customers than ever before.