Monday, November 14, 2011

No more free lunch for California state senators - latimes.com

No more free lunch for California state senators - latimes.com

Reporting from Sacramento— Under fire for spending $111,316 in taxpayer funds to feed themselves this year, state senators have decided to end the practice.

All members of the upper house will be billed $2,000 a year to pay for stocking the coffee room and to cover their meal expenses when sessions extend into the lunch or dinner hour, said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento).

This year's expenditures were 10% more than last year's, even as lawmakers approved a 6% cut in the budget for services to Californians.

Lew Uhler, head of the California-based National Tax Limitation Committee, had criticized the meals spending as double dipping, because senators also get $143 per day, tax free, for expenses such as meals and lodging while they are in Sacramento.

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