Letter to the editor: Reader questions state legislator spending
An article that was published recently in USA Today Network-Wisconsin entitled “Per-diems without proof” discussed and exposed the total lack of accountability concerning the expense accounting of our state legislators.
Currently state law — or lack of — allows state of Wisconsin Assembly members $138 per day and the state of Wisconsin Senate members $88 per diem expenses without any proof of qualifying use.
In 2015 the 99 members of the Assembly claimed a total of $923,508, and the 33 members of the Senate claimed $284,988, which figured out to $9,328 per Assembly member and $8,636 per Senate member.
This was in addition to their regular salary.
Expense receipts are not necessary for our state-elected politicians but required for the rest of state government employees, according to this article. Interesting but not surprising: Most current legislative members oppose any change.
Does this seem OK to you?