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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30 2013 7:25 p.m. MST

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Darrel
Eagle Mountain, UT

Utah lawmakers are paid $117 each day they are in session or attend official meetings. They also receive $95 for lodging and $61 for meals, although few legislators from the Wasatch Front incur those costs.

Under HJR6, lawmakers would receive $273 in daily compensation. Those who require lodging and meals could seek reimbursements up to an additional $156. Those expenses would require approval by legislative leaders and would be subject to audit.

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So, let's pay every lawmaker $273 (which surprisingly is 117+61+95 and latter two are for living costs) and then give those that live far enough away and ADDITIONAL $156 for hotel and food (61+95) isn't that double dipping? How is this greater transparency?

When I travel for the Federal Government, they do not pay me for meals and lodging unless I am traveling more than 50 miles and staying overnight. Why not give each lawmaker their compensation of $117 and those that live beyond Ogden or Provo get the other two items? That is very transparent. Unless they think transparent = significant pay raise.

Problem solved, in under 200 words.

MyChildrensKeeper
Taylorsville, UT

Transparency is an acronym the means to hide from view.

I agree with the federal laws and how they fund people on TDY and out of town expenses and the state should be well below the federal funding. since the farthest the legislator can be from home is less than a days drive. The 50 mile limit is reasonable limit to pay legislator any part of the $276 or the $156 food expenses that are persoanl responsibility. Serving the community and the people of the state is a privilege, not a career or job where tax free financail compensation is a gratuity from the citizens.

Legislative compensation is not justified to give blanket perks and pork with all the other benefits they receive from activist and lobbyist graft and kickbacks and their primary CEO jobs and business owner conflicts and billion dollar incomes.

The current allotted systems and are excessive and should be cut with more restrictions by providing receipts and accountability to auditors before they are reimbursed for actual cost not to exceed given limits.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Transparent?

I'll believe it when I see it.

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