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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Legislators and rental allowances

The Star Tribune has an article about rental allowances for legislators. WCCO had been poking around this issue recently, and I guess the Star Tribune was as well. I think it is ridiculous that the distance minimum for getting the allowance is 50 miles. Lots of people commute a lot farther than that on a daily basis and don't get any allowance for it. I think the distance should be extended to 80 or 90 miles. If more legislators had to commute to the Capitol daily on our roads, maybe they would finally do something about road funding.

2 Comments:

At 10:42 PM, November 09, 2005, Blogger North Star Politics said...

Legislators' time is at a premium during sessions, however. They would leave them that much less time to work, making our dollars that we pay for their salaries that much more wasted.

 
At 3:18 PM, November 10, 2005, Blogger rew said...

"I think the distance should be extended to 80 or 90 miles. If more legislators had to commute to the Capitol daily on our roads, maybe they would finally do something about road funding."

Let them have the perdium at 50, but make them have to get from their legilastive house to the capital only by bus. That would teach them quite a bit as well.

For that, I'd probably even spring for their bus passes.

 

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