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Sunday, November 13, 2011

"No more free food for California's state senators"
"Lawmakers decide to stop hitting up taxpayers for food when sessions run long. Instead they'll pay $2,000 a year to keep themselves fueled."
By Patrick McGreevy
Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2011

Excerpts (see news article cited directly above):

  • Under fire for spending $111,316 in taxpayer funds to feed themselves this year, state senators have decided to end the practice. 
  • The Times reported Sunday that in addition to the public money the Senate has spent on food this year, taxpayers picked up the tab last year for more than $23,000 worth of meals during a 115-day budget standoff. 
  • This year's expenditures were 10% more than last year's, even as lawmakers approved a 6% cut in the budget for services to Californians. 
  • Lew Uhler, head of the California-based National Tax Limitation Committee, had criticized the meals spending as double dipping, because senators also get $143 per day, tax free, for expenses such as meals and lodging while they are in Sacramento.

  • The ONLY reason why the policy has changed is because these public parasites got caught with their hands in the Cookie Jar. 
  • Once again, a vigilant reporter has saved the taxpayers from being further screwed by public parasites.

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