Associated Press report: Rep. Luke Messer’s wife works part-time for $240k Fishers job

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The wife of a likely Senate candidate averages a 26.5-hour work week in her $240,000-a-year job doing legal consulting for the city of Fishers.

That’s according to timesheets reviewed by The Associated Press for Jennifer Messer, the wife of Republican Rep. Luke Messer.

Many government contract attorneys are paid by the hour or project. But Jennifer Messer receives the same $20,000 monthly check from Fishers regardless of how much she works. Her contract with the city dates back to 2015.

Legal experts say the part-time arrangement doesn’t appear to break any rules. But Mark GiaQuinta, a prominent Indiana tax litigator, says it’s difficult to know if Fishers is getting a good deal without an independent review of her work.

The timesheets were released after the AP first reported on the contract last month.

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