State Rep. Mark Cohen is under fire again for his practice of putting in for so many "per diem" payments each year. Cohen took to Facebook Thursday evening to defend himself, saying he "may well be the hardest working state legislator."
"They're looking for scalps," Cohen responded when Harrisburg activist Russ Diamond asked him on Facebook "Why are they picking on you?" Diamond was referring to a report on ABC27 in Harrisburg Thursday that Cohen led the state House in per diem payments in 2011 with $39,333.
The per diem (Latin for "by day") of $158 is paid to legislators for their travel and lodging when they are in Harrisburg or out of their districts on state business.
"What it comes down to is that I take very few days off, and they are trying to turn that into a scandal," Cohen continued.