Monday, April 21, 2014
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Legislative "bed and benefits" Harrisburg-style

All members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly who live beyond 25 mile radius of the Capitol are entitled to per diems - ostensibly for hotels and meals - while they are working in Harrisburg. But there is no required accounting about how they spend the up to $163 they get each day on top of their salaries.

Legislative "bed and benefits" Harrisburg-style

All members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly who live beyond a 25-mile radius of the Capitol are entitled to per diems - ostensibly for hotels and meals - while they are working in Harrisburg. But there is no required accounting about how they spend the up to $163 they get each day on top of their salaries.

More than a few lawmakers, including House Majority leader Todd Eachus (D., Luzerne), pocket the expense checks and return to houses each night in Harrisburg that they own - some of them even income-producing.

Some property-owning lawmakers told Boris Krawczeniuk of The Scranton Times in his recent investigative report that they lose money on their investment properties. But one government watchdog called "underwriting mortgages" an abuse of the per diems.

 

 

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Commonwealth Confidential gives you regularly updated coverage of the state legislature, the governor and the workings of the state bureaucracy. It is written by Angela Couloumbis and Amy Worden in the Inquirer's Harrisburg bureau, based right in the statehouse, and by the newspaper's far-flung campaign reporters.



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