A little more accountability, if you please
There is no dispute that state lawmakers should be reimbursed for the expenses they incur in getting to and from Harrisburg, and staying there.
But, as figures from the 2011-2012 fiscal year demonstrate, too many legislators continue to view expense payments as income rather than reimbursements. They collected more than $2 million in expense payments over the period.
Under IRS rules, the maximum reimbursement amount for Harrisburg during the 2012 fiscal year was $163 a day. But many lawmakers took that as the base rate. Without so much as a receipt for any expense, many lawmakers collected that $163 regardless of their actual costs.
That's a lousy way to do business. Try it with your employer. Some lawmakers have begun to claim, with receipts, only what they have spent on food, transportation and lodging. Some have posted those expenses on their websites.
That group should demand such transparency as a standard and press to make that protocol the rule rather than exception.