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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.

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