Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Freeze Legislators' Expense Allowances? Absolutely!

How many Missourians know that their elected representatives, on top of a $35,915.00 annual salary for a part-time job, are paid an additional $87.20 per day for expenses while the General Assembly is in session?  And how many know that that per diem is going up to $103.20 per day?

Very few, I'm sure.

With the economy in the tank and the legislature looking to cut the state's budget, it makes sense to freeze the legislators' expense allowance or even (heaven forbid!) roll it back a bit.

Kudos to Columbia Senator Kurt Schaefer for proposing a freeze.  (Link to Political Fix  story here.)

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