Politically Speaking: Where's that per diem?
Excerpted from this post at Politically Speaking
That will be on the minds of (some? all?) Iowa lawmakers tomorrow,
when the per diem expense money for serving in the Legislature runs
out at the end of the day. They receive $130 per day for the session,
but won't starting Wednesday, since 100 days have gone by. When the
per diem runs out, you can count on the adjournment to follow within a
matter of minutes. OK, days. Getting out early to save tens of
thousands of dollars didn't happen, and wrapping up this week still
involves setting the 2009-10 budget and acting on Gov. Chet Culver's
$700 million infrastructure bonding plan. That and other important
tasks will be more difficult to do in a quick fashion after many hours
will be lost Wednesday when lawmakers take in the presidential visit
by Barack Obama to Newton.