State senators paid more than $74G in...

State senators paid more than $74G in per diems in 2010

There are 47 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Jan 17, 2011, titled State senators paid more than $74G in per diems in 2010. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

THE HOUSE AND SENATE. There were no roll-call votes in the House or Senate last week.

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fitch

Fitchburg, MA

#1 Jan 17, 2011
This is just the tip of the waste in the state, this is one of the reasons they need to keep taxes and fees so high
fall time

North Adams, MA

#2 Jan 17, 2011
What a ridiculous statement. Why shouldn't people who travel over 2 and a half hours to the State House get a stipend? Very different in Fitchburg than it is out here in western Massachusetts. We deserve representation too you know!
CMS

Dracut, MA

#3 Jan 17, 2011
Why don't the state senators write of the travel expenses on their tax returns like the rest of us? Also I would like to point out that our neighbors to the north pay their senators and reps $100 per day. Seems to work pretty well for them.
CMS

Dracut, MA

#4 Jan 17, 2011
Per year, not day
bothered

Haverhill, MA

#5 Jan 17, 2011
Not bothered by the stipend for mileage
but, am by the number of hours they work when they get there.
wow

Lowell, MA

#6 Jan 17, 2011
With the technology we have today, how many of those days are actually necessary. We have businesses that can negotiate and do business across oceans without actually being there.

Oh, I forgot, you cannot do a taxpayers expense paid liquid lunch via internet.
No Scruples

Troy, NY

#7 Jan 17, 2011
nobody told them to take the job in the first place, which by the way pays rather well considering all the perks they surely get....plus the kickbacks from people and business that they help (like the insurance industry)
No Kidding

Augusta, ME

#8 Jan 17, 2011
They should only get the "Per Deim" on the days they sign in with the clerk of thier chamber, Not for every day the legislature is in session.
Cindi

Tyngsboro, MA

#9 Jan 17, 2011
Disgusting. NH does it right..pay these idiots a couple of grand a year tops.

Whatever happened to "public service"?

They should do away with per diems as soon as possible. Will someone tell these elected hacks that they are not special..nor are they wonderful.

The latest trend with state reps is to wear these thin little trendy eye-glasses. They strut around with massive egos and everyone laughs at them behind their backs.
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#10 Jan 17, 2011
$58,237 per year. They were in session for 32 minutes last week and we pay them to drive to work and home after work. I don't know what hets people so upset.
Mike J

Lakeland, FL

#11 Jan 17, 2011
Very funny. There paid about 74G and everyone is screeming. Guess you don't care about the millions! Think I'll go over to the Food Stamp column and see whats happening there. I'll bet y'all are screeming really loud there.
please

East Hartford, CT

#12 Jan 17, 2011
the bennies need to end, we are broke, too bad it hits you in the pocket like the rest of us poor working class that are lucky enough if we have a job!!!!!! Maybe loosing this will push them into fixing the big mess we are al in!!!!!
billerica resident

Wakefield, MA

#13 Jan 17, 2011
Do the readers of the Loweell Sun get paid to travel to and from their jobs. Why is ok that Senators get paid for this travel, paid from our tax paying dollars. Dont you think one of them would have the integrity to refuse this travel mileage allowance?
only dracut being dracut

Randolph, MA

#14 Jan 17, 2011
nothing short of a taxpayer's revolution will change anything on beacon hill.
let's get issues up on the ballot to make changes.
then we can watch them ignore our will again.
nothing will happen without confrontation. we have the numbers.
Tyngsborough

Londonderry, NH

#15 Jan 17, 2011
Any legislator commuting within sixty minutes of Boston should not be eligible for a per diem at all. That's a typical taxpayer commute and taxpayers don't get commuting money from their employers. However, the islands and western Massachusetts are a different story. Those legislators should be given a per diem allowance to offset the excessive mileage and overnight stays incurred while on official legislative business.
jerks

Lowell, MA

#16 Jan 17, 2011
There are plenty of hard working Americans who communte 1 to 2 hours a day for work. Why do we have to reimburse these jokers for just showing up? When they actually complete something, then and only then shold they gt any reimbursements. Oh yeah, I make my lunch, and if necessary dinner, and bring it to work. What a concept? No need to go out on Beacon Hill and get sloshed.
fall time

Holyoke, MA

#17 Jan 17, 2011
They only get the stipend days they go in, not just days the legislature is in session.

They get paid $100 or so a year in New Hampshire because they only meet 1 month per year. That is a good idea, it would allow people to hold regular jobs and serve part-time. But, you can't compare the two pay rates as is because they are completely different jobs.

If they are going to work full-time, they should pay them well to attract talent to the job. As it stands, you mostly get people who are either rich and out of touch or who treat it part time because they also operate a law firm or business. Nobody else can afford to run or work for $61,000 a year when they could be making more in the private sector.
fall time

Holyoke, MA

#18 Jan 17, 2011
jerks wrote:
There are plenty of hard working Americans who communte 1 to 2 hours a day for work. Why do we have to reimburse these jokers for just showing up? When they actually complete something, then and only then shold they gt any reimbursements. Oh yeah, I make my lunch, and if necessary dinner, and bring it to work. What a concept? No need to go out on Beacon Hill and get sloshed.
There are not a "lot" of people who commute 2 hours plus for work, and certainly not for the marginal pay they receive. The cost of gas, tolls, and purchasing a new car every three years because you put 200,000 miles on it are certainly equal to $90 a day. It's hard enough getting people to run out here, nobody from Lowell takes the per diem.
fall time

Holyoke, MA

#19 Jan 17, 2011
Tyngsborough wrote:
Any legislator commuting within sixty minutes of Boston should not be eligible for a per diem at all. That's a typical taxpayer commute and taxpayers don't get commuting money from their employers. However, the islands and western Massachusetts are a different story. Those legislators should be given a per diem allowance to offset the excessive mileage and overnight stays incurred while on official legislative business.
Well said.
ldg

United States

#20 Jan 17, 2011
Please, I travel to and from work evry day and am forced to pay $120.00 a month to pay able to park- I don;t get paid for it-why should they get paid to drive to work and park? Most people don't-it is part of the job. By the way, I am a LOW paid federal employee.

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