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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Are Legislators Shouldering Up to the Feed Trough at your Expense?

In a 2.5 year period of time, $500,000 in taxpayer funds have been issued as 'subsistence' payments to 26 current or former Richland and Lexington County Legislators.

If true, these representatives either have a strong desire for food and drink or a selfish desire for wealth. 

"...Republican S.C. Sen. Jake Knotts of West Columbia lives less than 10 miles from the State House in downtown Columbia.
Democratic state Rep. Joe Neal’s home in Hopkins is only about 16 miles from the state Capitol.
Yet an analysis by The Nerve of legislative records found that the two veteran Midlands lawmakers were among 26 current or former Richland or Lexington County legislators who received a total of at least $500,000 over a 2.5-year period in “subsistence” payments.
That money is supposed to reimburse lawmakers for hotel stays and meals while on legislative business, whether the General Assembly is in or out of session.
But legislators do not automatically receive subsistence. The system of legislative compensation leaves it to their discretion whether to do so – and if so, how much, up to a maximum of $131 per day."

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