It's amazing what people can accomplish when they have access to information. About two weeks ago (May 28) I wrote a post about how much legislators really get paid for the work they do. I still haven't touched on some of the other perks-but I'll get there sometime.
I mentioned in the 5/28 post how some legislators abuse the per diem allowance by coming into the office for only short periods of time or making a few phone calls (many times personal) and then picking up a full day allowance of $141.00.
I'm not taking any credit for the big news I have for you. I just wanted you to know that many of you who picked up the information and ran with it, scored a touchdown so to speak.
Although there are many, two examples of the information flow: Mark Rose at the site Right Minded wrote a column on 6/6 for the Lebanon Democrat newspaper in which he discussed my post and per diem expenses for legislators. He posted the column on his site. Here locally, I heard a caller mention the per diem expenses on a Sunday radio show in Knoxville.
Are you wondering what the news is which just arrived from high places in Nashville? Legislators are now required to give a clear explanation of the work performed and/or the meetings attended that reflect clear legislative purpose that would allow them to collect the per diem money.
This is a great start. I would have hoped for a limit to the number of days money can be collected and I fear someone could just say “I'm working for my constituents” to cover the reason, but I hope this is just a start.
Good job everyone.