Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Back at the trough: Senator seeks more mileage reimbursement

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2015 at 7:24 AM

EASY MONEY: Alan Clark and his wife on state-paid junket to Alaska. Now he wants more expense money.
  • EASY MONEY: Alan Clark and his wife on state-paid junket to Alaska. Now he wants more expense money.

I didn't see this in the call for the special session, but Tuesday's bill filings included one from Sen. Alan Clark to provide for mileage expenses for legislators "incurred during the interim in the performance of his or her duties."

This is in addition to per diem, mileage and expense reimbursements dispensed through the auditor or the Bureau of Legislative Research. This is money that would be paid on submission of a monthly claim to the Senate or House staff.

Legislators just got a whopping pay increase, from $15,869 to $39,400. They continue to draw fat per diem if they live a distance from the Capitol as a tax-free payment and they draw it for a number of days they are not in session.

More money? Already?

I inquired of Senate President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang if Clark's bill was an agreed-on measure.

His response was succinct:

No sir. It is not an agreed-on bill. It is not germane to the call and I do not support.

Clark is another small-government Republican who loves suckling on the public's teat. When last we visited, it was about his display of Alaska fun-time photos from his state-paid trip — along with 25 other legislators at $3,000 to $4,000 per — to a legislative conference in Alaska.

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Speaking of...

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Tom Cotton suggests Dick Cheney as House speaker

    Yes. U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton told Politico he'd like to see Dick Cheny as House speaker.
    • Oct 12, 2015
  • Jason Rapert vs. Wikipedia

    Sen. Jason Rapert against the world: Wikipedia edition.
    • Jan 23, 2016
  • Judge Griffen: Why black lives matter

    Another few words from Judge Wendell Griffen growing from the controversy over the sale of Black Lives Matter T-shirts at the state black history museum — removed by the administration and restored after protests from Griffen and others stirred by a story in the Arkansas Times:
    • Mar 13, 2016

Most Shared

  • Conspiracy theorists

    Back in 2000, I interviewed Rev. Jerry Falwell on camera in connection with a documentary film of "The Hunting of the President," which Joe Conason and I wrote.
  • Raw feelings in the Arkansas Justice Building over workload, pay

    Strained relations between the Arkansas Supreme Court and the Arkansas Court of Appeals broke into public view this week. I expect more to come.
  • Virgil, quick come see

    There goes the Robert E. Lee. But the sentiment that built the monument? It's far from gone.
  • Real reform

    Arkansas voters, once perversely skeptical of complicated ballot issues like constitutional amendments, have become almost comical Pollyannas, ratifying the most shocking laws.
  • The health of a hospital

    The Medicaid expansion helped Baxter County Regional Medical Center survive and thrive, but a federal repeal bill threatens to imperil it and its patients.

Visit Arkansas

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Underutilized waterway is a hidden gem in urban Little Rock

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments




© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation